Wilfried Bony is surely having a laugh with his comments in advance of the match on Saturday.

After signing for £25m+ in January, Bony could make his belated debut for Manchester City against Newcastle.

After winning the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, the striker will be looking forward to seeing Newcastle again in advance of his possible introduction to Champions League football when Man City face Barcelona in the following match.

However, Bony has talked of Newcastle being a good side and ‘strong at the back’, which is surely the striker simply chucking faint praise at United.

Currently, only Chelsea have scored more than Manchester City’s 51 goals, whilst only Leicester, QPR and Burnley have conceded more than Newcastle.

As if that isn’t bad enough, Wilfried Bony has scored three times against Newcastle in only two games for Swansea.

I’m already starting to feel a bit uncomfortable at the thought of what the potential is if Bony starts and the likes of Silva, Nasri and Aguero are on song as they were when putting four past Stoke in their last match which was away.

The irony of course is that Newcastle were offered the striker before he went to Swansea, dismissing him as too expensive and not good enough…

Wilfried Bony;

“They (Newcastle) are a good side and are strong at the back but they’re coming to our stadium and we need to win this game.

“It’s not easy because I’ve just arrived from Africa and I will have had five days of training before we play Newcastle. I have to take it step by step and wait for the right opportunity to present itself.”

Warm up for Barca;

“If I am needed, I have a good record against Newcastle – I’ve scored three goals in two games against them.

“Four days later we’ll be playing Barcelona and we need to go into that game on the back of a strong performance.”

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