Liverpool and Tottenham will both be in the market for a forward in January, or at least they should be. Both have struggled to score goals so far this season. Wilfried Bony has proven himself in the Premier League as a top quality forward, avoiding the second season syndrome after already finding the back of the net four times. In his debut campaign, he scored 16 league goals and in a mid table side, that is a great return. If he moved to a side like Liverpool or Tottenham, he would be getting better service and could consistently break the twenty goal barrier.
Bony has shown himself to be one of the best strikers in the division, as his pace and power make him difficult to defend against. Both Liverpool and Tottenham like to play with one forward at times and the Ivorian can play that role very well. Spurs in particular don’t have any clinical strikers as Emmanuel Adebayor goes through patches, Roberto Soldado hasn’t settled in England and Harry Kane is still very raw. They have only scored two goals between them in the league, and without goalscoring strikers, it’s impossible to break into the top four which is Tottenham’s aim season in, season out.
It was inevitable that Liverpool were going to struggle to replace Luis Suarez sufficiently with only one player. Mario Balotelli has been poor to date, and a lot was expected from him when he joined from AC Milan and some are even suggesting he may leave in January. If he does, then Wilfried Bony could be the perfect replacement. He is more of a team player than Balotelli, and his playing style is built for the Premier League. Furthermore, he could operate as a focal point for Liverpool, allowing Daniel Sturridge to play deeper finding space to create chances and making runs off the Ivorian. Liverpool do have a quality striker already in Sturridge, who will score goals, but with his injury record, Liverpool need another goalscorer.
Meanwhile Tottenham play a system operating with one forward and none of Adebayor, Soldado or Kane look like they have the ability to score goals consistently and Mauricio Pochettino can’t rely on the likes of Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli to score enough goals to fire Spurs to a decent position in the league. Spurs have wasted a lot of money bringing in players who aren’t proven in this division, and have suffered. Erik Lamela and Soldado are the best examples of this. A bid for Wilfried Bony would be a calculated risk, as he is proven in England, he scores goals, he can play as a lone forward and he could slot straight into the Spurs starting eleven and improve it massively.
Although Swansea will be keen to retain the services of Wilfried Bony, it’s clear the Ivorian is destined for bigger things and is ready for a top six Premier League club. The main issue over a move mid season is the African Cup of Nations, which Bony will be involved in. This could see Bony stay at Swansea until the summer, but he must be in the thoughts of these two clubs as it’s obvious he would improve them both massively.