Swansea City hitman Wilfried Bony was on Norwich City’s radar

Swansea City's Wilfried Bony was on Norwich City's scouting radar. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire. Swansea City's Wilfried Bony was on Norwich City's scouting radar. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Friday, March 28, 2014
7:30 AM

Chris Hughton admits Swansea’s prolific dangerman Wilfried Bony could have ended up at Norwich City.

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Hughton revealed on Thursday Bony was on the Canaries’ European scouting radar prior to sealing his £12m move to Wales last summer, but City had already opted to recruit Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon.

Ivory Coast international Bony notched his 20th goal for the Swans in Tuesday’s Premier League draw at Arsenal and Hughton knows he is the man to stop when they head to the Liberty Stadium.

“He is someone we were aware of. I think he ended up going to Swansea for quite a large fee and at this particularly moment he is doing all he can to justify that figure,” said Hughton. “We were aware of the finances around that deal, as we were lots of other players. When you have a scouting network and in particular a European scouting network, it would be a surprise if we were not aware of players doing well abroad.

“He scored a lot of goals last season, but if I look at the players we wanted to target we had already done our work with Ricky well before the summer. He came in if you remember around about March time so we made our decisions quite early in that area.

“He is a player in form and there is no doubt about that if you consider the type of goals he has scored,” said Hughton. “Perhaps he took a little while to fully adjust but he is in full flow now and with Michu back they have really good offensive options.”

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46 comments

  • Bony usually looks sharp and dangerous when I've watched those Europa League games. The Swansea player I really rate is the mid fielder Canas. The first time I saw him every pass he made was positive and accurate. Now if they go down and we stay up, maybe CH has also noticed.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Also spot on Stew. I bet if you stuck Hooper or RVW in the Swansea side they'd have done similar and role reversed Bony would have stunk the place up here and seen fans even more angry than they are with RVW. The club shot themselves in the foot because even before he'd ever visited Norwich the club couldnt go a sentence without saying "club record signing" & "dutch international". Ivory Coast international & played in the dutch league doesn't sound as snazzy!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Matt - I don't know if you remember Iwan Roberts when he first arrived at Norwich. Couldn't hit a barn door at two paces. Also totally unfit (and he had the nerve to blame that on Mike Walker). Anyhow he was having a wretched run of form until a home match against top of the table Forest in the January, the game that followed a five nil thrashing down the road. The ball flashed across the goal Roberts lunged and sort of fell over and the ball struck him on the backside into the net. One nil to City and Iwan was born again. On another note I wonder if Jimbob is related to 'BillyBob'.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Wivenhoe Budgie. You don't spend £13 million of the clubs budget plus wages based on newspaper reports. If you had scouted both RVW and Bony last year most would have gone for RVW. The reason Bony has adapted better is probably more down to his physical stature. I still think RVW will come good when we can get ourselves an accurate midfield passer of long balls over the top of defenders

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    GPL

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • and that Chico, really tough manly defender ;) only joking. Agree on Canas! Fair few players I like at Swansea. (Certainly NOT Williams or Chico though!). I really did think Swansea would struggle after appointing a club hero with no experience. Maybe an example that it can work to minor success.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • It's so subtle it has truly been missed on you guys but this is a pretty well worked mind game technique from Hughton. Certainly got you riled up. It will get Swansea riled up, Bony riled up and Ricky riled up as well. Well played Hughton.

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    Steady On

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • …..We on these boards should not concern ourselves with the costs of the players....transfers in or out ..signing on fees ..wages..or anything else!...That is in someone else's remit!....If they are on our books they are ALL Norwich City players....What concerns me is they way they are deployed within the team....the attitude they take on to the pitch...and the effort and ability they give out on the day!...picking the best team, and seeing them tactically practised and fit is not my problem...All of that is down to the manager and his assistants!....and at the moment they seem to be doing .'just enough'.....NO MORE!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • .....There is no guarantee that he would have fitted in here with a different manager, and only required to play every other game....there are many things to consider....and matters not relating to football may have had to be taken into account! .....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I agree that RVW looks quality in videos of old Sporting Lisbon games. I did notice a lot of his goals were penalties or well placed tap ins as he got himself into good positions and slotted home nicely. Better service and weaker defenses I guess? Knowing he has it in him makes the recent misfires more frustrating. It just doesn't look like he's going to make it happen here but I'd love a big slice of humble pie after the weekend :-)

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    GossVolley

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Spot on Dave G. Oz canary, whats this "chasing the game" you speak of. Not something im use to after going goals down away from home. ;) ! Madbrewer I have us down staying up by 1 point! Not comfy viewing im sure!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Well done CH great positive vibes to send out with your last comment. “He is a player in form and there is no doubt about that if you consider the type of goals he has scored.” “Perhaps he took a little while to fully adjust but he is in full flow now and with Michu back they have really good offensive options.” So your expecting us to get a thrashing then! I guess we'll setup to defend until we go behind and then try to chase the game?

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Perhaps we could tie " Hoots Out " banners to all his seagull friends !!

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    tom the taxi

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • We got that one right, then.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • The most important thing that matters really is that old Hughton is being his same old ignorant self, stop playing and starting RVW we know this year he is not strong enough so put him on a gym programme and let hooper and give Beechio a chance! b4 someone says Beechio is not good enough - truth is we doent know, we know RVW isnt as hes had 20+ hours without scoring a goal. We beat sunderland with 10 men and he had two chances one of which my gran would score and fluffed both - fact not good enough atm

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    curlysaysgo

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • It is difficult to believe that our long sought after strikers are better than Bony. Or Vaughan, Jackson or even Chris Martin (non Coldplay edition). There has been a lack of joined-up thinking from a manager who has yet to master joined-up writing. Ricky Martin, Shane Long, and even Andy Carroll, are the sort we need at the moment, maybe alongside a James Vaughan type. Our two much-hyped strikers have failed to deliver, and I don`t think it`s their fault. Hughton has made Carrow Road a `Graveyard of Ambition` for forwards. Excepting Robert, of course.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Certainly remember than first season for Iwan. An everyone wrote him off to didnt they. Its a pattern I notice with NCFC fans. Earlier in the season when Hooper was injured it was very pro - RVW and negative Hooper. Suddenly Hooper scores an RVW is the sunday league player. To me both have proven quality and its up to Mr Hughton to find a way of getting the best from them.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I did that with RVW and thats why I base my opinion on him on more than watching him try and fit into a role hes not made for under Chris Hughton. In the right side RVW is pure quality. (Like Hooper and many others)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • 1. How would we know Becchio is not good enough, he never plays, but maybe its a sign of Hoots ability to sign a striker. 2. GPL once you have seen rave reports about a player you can use the internet and watch the man in question play for his current club,without leavingbthe comfort of your chair. Watch 4-5 games that way and you will have a very good idea of how he plays the game.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • alas Madbrewer. I know the feeling. Archie is in a funny old mood lately. In reference to RVW he just needs a goal, any goal. Dont matter if it hits his backside and goes it. Just something to lift him. Smart fans appreciate the effort and work rate. Refuse to simply write him off. Hes clearly a superb player, stuck within a system that does not exactly create many chances for a front man, let alone see the club have a high goalscorer. Not hard to work out that its down to the system. This isnt me saying Hughtons wrong, bad, awful etc....just pointing out that under Lambert even average players like Morison & co were mustering more goals than proven strikers like Hooper & RVW. Heck even Wilbrahamovic managed a premier league goal! In comes hughton and those very players goals vanished and further more the ones brought in faired no better. Id have loved to see what Hooper & RVW could do within the Lambert era. Even Becchio to be fair! Sooner we start to accept that under Hughton we will never have a 20+ goal a season striker the sooner we can focus on the real issues. We just dont play in a manor that would allow a striker to score a large amount of goals.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Its odd really. Think im the only one disappointed with Bony. This is purely only because I expected him to do even better than he has. I stuck him in every bet, fantasy team I was doing. Swansea had a poor start though & Michu's injury wont have helped. I swear this article has only been created however to wind NCFC fans up into another arguement. I can predict it all know. "Why didnt we sign him"..."RVW is rubbish"...."no he isn't"....blah blah blah!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • GPL - interested to know why most would have gone for a striker that scored less league ghouls in two years than Bony did last year alone (28 in the last two seasons vs. Bony's 31 in 30 games last year on it's own)? That's a lala-landish statement...not one person on the planet would have chosen RVW on those stats.

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    JimBob

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Hughton would have been better served not feeding us this info - it's a blatant 'we're not that bad at buying strikers...we once checked Bony's wikipedia page'

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    JimBob

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Yep, Mad Dog

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    Thegelman

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I tried to do the `Jimbob\Billybob` gag in my ethered attempts, Steely! Grate minds greating. Not yet checked my In-box to find out what offended Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • * meant two complete sitters! Also everyone appreciates his work rate but that is surely the bare minimum you would expect from a prem striker?? Not having a dig at RVW I really really want him to do well but this season is a write off. Interesting to see whether he sticks it out or tries to find a club more suited...

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    GossVolley

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • .....It's surprising what information can be gained over a cup of Tyjneside Tea! .....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • While I totally agree with what your saying Mattias, it has to be said RVW missed to complete sitters last week and I know his confidence is low etc but Hooper would have buried them imo...

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    GossVolley

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • i dont have a european scouting network but I had heard of Bony, in the same way I had heard of RVW, look at continental sports papers . Simples

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • "he is doing all he can to justify that figure", ummmm.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • He would have been a HELL of a lot better than Hooper who isn't even Non-League quality. I seriously hope he's gone first opportunity. What a complete waste Hooper is. At least the team looks better in all facets when RVW is on the field than when Hooper is as RVW actually facilitates play, moves around the pitch, and pressures on defense all things Hooper has NEVER done.

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    jaemae2 .

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Hughton would have been better served not feeding us this info - it's a blatant 'we're not that bad at buying strikers...we once checked Bony's wikipedia page'

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    JimBob

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I See the logic but Hughton an mind games? come on! To be fair i'd quite like if Hughton did start going all Jose on us with the mind games. Bit of fight, bit of character.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Ha Ha just seen that the manure fans want Moxey out - apparently 7th pace and 51 Points is not good enough - so they are hiring a plane to fly around with a banner saying Wrong One - Moxey Out !! It doesn't get much better than this.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Oh no I agree buddy. I mean its nice sentiment but can we afford to wait for him to find confidence. I still firmly believe he picked the wrong club. We couldnt play a style any more unlike what hes best for. (Similar with Hooper to be fair). I think hes trying his best under circumstances (like Hooper) but they are always going to be fighting for scraps up top while Hughton is in charge. I hope RVW is still at the club whenif the club replace Hughton. (Hooper, Fer, Hoolahan, Snod as well that matter!) Whole club ethos must be different though.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Tried to reply, M333. Archie said `No`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • We always agree on footy mattias Matters, old boy ;-) I also concur with JimBob. You`re not related to S\O`s buddy, Billy-Bob are you, JB? Like the la-la land expression. Was `ghouls` a deliberate Naarfuk homonym? Such fun!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Let`s just hope Michu isn`t back up to speed. Hughton and `Mind Games`. Cluedo? Misfits? Happy Families? I think Swansea may have overreached themselves a little with European involvement. They`ll be concentrating on survival now, and I suspect they are good enough to do that. Time will tell. As things are, I`ll be grateful if we get 17th place by one point. Unlikely to be on goal difference. I really feel sorry for RvW. Has he suddenly become an ineffectual player? If so, why? Oxymoronic book title of the Year "Chris Hughton`s Complete Guide to Mind Games". Published by Stodder and Houghton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Whether the Swansea player would have fared better here is questionable. Both Hooper and RVP had been prolific goal scorers before arriving here. Is it just a coincidence?

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    norman hall

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Let`s just hope Michu isn`t back up to speed. Hughton and `Mind Games`. Cluedo? Misfits? Happy Families? I think Swansea may have overreached themselves a little with European involvement. They`ll be concentrating on survival now, and I suspect they are good enough to do that. Time will tell. As things are, I`ll be grateful if we get 17th place by one point. Unlikely to be on goal difference. I really feel sorry for RvW. Has he suddenly become an ineffectual player? If so, why? Oxymoronic book title of the Year "Chris Hughton`s Complete Guide to Mind Games". Published by Stodder and Houghton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • It's a pity we didn't follow this up cos he would have been a better bet than the two, or three, we ended up with rolled into one.

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    VictorM

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Give Bony the service our strikers have had for most of the season and he would be on far less than 20 goals. We st up totally differently to them, as they set up to pass the ball and go forward and feed the strikers with accurate balls on the deck. From the City games that i have seen, without Hoolahan in the team, this is not what we are trying to achieve.

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    DaveG

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • How would we know Becchio is not good enough, he never plays, or does that say a lot about Hoots ability to sign a striker who is good enough.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • jaemae2, I thought I saw glimpses of promise from Hooper in the Villa game - he linked well with Wes for a brief period. When I watched him play for Celtic, in the televised European games, I thought he looked very ordinary indeed. In the SPL he rarely faced quality opposition. I`d like to believe there is better to come from both him and RvW, but I`m not too hopeful. Do you think there`s any hope? Btw, I`m very pleased for Ricky Lambert. Holty was at the wrong club at the wrong time, latterly under the wrong manager + maybe a year too old to get his chance with England? Just one Cap would`ve been something to cherish for this self-made success. Payback for all the journeyman toil in the lower leagues. Hey ho.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • And we end up with Wolfal!

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    Thegelman

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Becchio is not good enough

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    Steady On

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Not really the thing to admit is it? What's Bony worth now? £18m? What's RVW worth now? £3m? True to say he would have been better than Hooper and RVW combined, and cheaper too.

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    Colin

    Friday, March 28, 2014

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