Bony pleads for time to prove Manchester City worth

Wilfried Bony is confident he will soon be amongst the goals for Manchester City, but has pleaded for time to settle at his new club.

The Blues paid £25million for the Ivory Coast international during the January transfer window, as they looked to breathe fresh life into their bid to retain the Premier League title. However, his arrival in Manchester was delayed by his participation in the African Cup of Nations, meaning he had to wait until 21 February to make his debut when he came on as a substitute against Newcastle United.

Bony has since made two more appearances from the bench, including the 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to a Luis Suarez inspired Barcelona, and he made his first start in the 2-0 win against Leicester City last week. The 26-year-old has yet to open his account for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but he is sure the goals will come as soon as he and his team-mates have built up an understanding.

“This is a great move for me but I need to work hard, take my chances when they come along and it will get easier as I get to know my team-mates better and get a better understanding,” Bony explained to the official club website. “I’ve only been here for two weeks so I’m just settling in, getting to know everyone better and they are getting to know me and what my strengths are, too.”

Earlier this season Bony went seven matches without finding the back of the net for Swansea City, but he followed this up with eight goals in 10 appearances to ensure he ended the calendar year as the top goalscorer in the Premier League. He will now hope to get off the mark for the champions when they resume their campaign with a trip to Burnley next Saturday afternoon.

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