Wilfried Bony of Ivory Coast challenged by Merveille Bope of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ivory Coast and DR Congo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 20 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Thursday Sep 21, 2017. 12:00
Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony is ready to start matches in the Premier League, according to Swansea manager Paul Clement.
Since his move back to the Swans from Manchester City, Bony has made two substitute appearances in the team’s PL matches against Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.
On Tuesday night he was given a starting role in the Welsh club’s 2-0 League Cup win at Reading, playing 82 minutes before being replaced by Tammy Abraham.
The striker’s performance has convinced Clement that he is ready to start in the league and Bony may well feature in their home match against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
"I think he is close, he lasted over 80 minutes in this game," Clement said after the midweek victory.
"He had a really good chance in that second half when the ball came across the box and he couldn't direct it into the net.
"He is in good shape, he played 60 minutes for the under-23 team last week and now he has played 80 minutes in this game, so I think he is ready to start now in the Premier League."