After Swansea’s successful season which saw them clinch the Capital One Cup and follow that up with a 9th place finish in the Barclays Premier League, manager Michael Laudrup made it clear that he wanted to add to his attacking options for the new season.
After heavily relying on Michu who was the bargain of the season from Rayo Vallecano, managed to score a stunning 18 goals in first season in English football, the Danish manager knew he had to bolster his attacking options to have another season of achievement. Despite some early season disagreements with the Swansea board, chairman Huw Jenkins has backed his boss and has significantly increased the depth and quality of the squad ahead of the new season.
The main signing of the summer has been the £12 million signing of Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem in Holland. The prolific front man will be expected to take the burden of fellow striker Michu whilst also enabling Michu to move back into his preferred deeper role. The Ivorian striker had caught the eye of numerous clubs throughout Europe and especially the Premier League as many clubs looked to secure his signature. Swansea secured his signature. The forward man who scored 46 goals in 65 matches during his time in Holland will be looking to replicate the same goals to game ratio in the top tier of English football and many fans will be looking to see how the Ivory Coast frontman uses his powerful presence and goal scoring instincts in his first season in England.
As Michael Laudrup’s squad takes shape for the new season with the additions of, Jordi Amat, Jonjo Shelvey, Jose Canas, Alejandro Pozuelo, Alexander Gogic, Jernade Meade and Gregor Zabret, it is clear that Bony is the main summer signing for a record fee of £12 million and the fans at Liberty Stadium will be excited to see their star striker in action.