Stoke City added Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony to their forward line on transfer deadline day in a move that has many Fantasy Premier League managers excited.
The Potters’ new loan signing may have been the back up striker to Sergio Agüero for the Citizens, but in his first season in the Premier League he scored 16 goals (or 17, according to FPL) as the lone forward for Swansea City. His appeal was boosted by being on penalties, which gave him four goals that season.
The following season he scored nine goals, including one penalty, for the Swans before moving to Manchester. After the switch, he played less than four games worth of minutes and netted twice. Last season was a disappointing one, with just four goals from 1,226 minutes played.
Bony is expected to become the Potters’ leading striker and guaranteed game time alone should bring him back in to consideration, but can managers expect lots of goals from him?
The Ivorian’s stats from his Swansea days are positive. The proportion of his shots taken in box and testing the keeper were sustainable and his shots on target conversion rate was solid for a Premier League striker. In his final season with Manchester City he was far less clinical, but it is difficult to judge a bit-part player by the same standards as a starting striker.
Of more concern is whether Stoke can create enough chances for him. Of course Bony’s ability may help them generate more chances, but the Potters’ recent record hasn’t been great. They are the second worst team for chances created in this young season and they were sixth from bottom by that metric last season.
Another factor to consider is whether Stoke will give Bony penalties, which were part of his appeal at Swansea. The Potters won five penalties last season and Bojan Krkić converted their one spot kick this season.
Bony has the potential to score goals, but the question FPL managers will have to wrestle with is whether Stoke can give him enough opportunties to make investment in him worthwhile.