Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has admitted to experiencing the ‘worst year’ of his career since joining the club in a £28million January deal from Swansea, but says he is determined to prove his worth.
The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international has scored just two goals in 19 appearances since making the move to the north west, while also struggling for fitness.
Meanwhile, City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to play the prolific Sergio Aguero in a lone forward role this season has seen Bony’s first-team opportunities become limited.
A frustrated Bony told the Express: ‘A lot of crazy things have happened since I joined City and I’ve been ruled out with injury three or four times so it’s been hard to find any rhythm playing one or two games here and there.’
He added: ‘It’s been the worst spell of my career without question – in the past five years I’d never missed more than two games in a row and at Swansea I only missed a handful of matches and that was mostly because of a red card I received.’
Still, Bony remains confident that he can live up to his lofty price-tag and said: ‘I’ve had nothing but bad luck in the past year, but hopefully, that’s the end of it now.
‘It’s not been the best time for me in that respect and has been very frustrating, but hopefully the City fans will now see the new Bony.
‘All I need is the first goal to come and hopefully many others will follow.’
With Aguero out injured now after suffering a grade-two muscle tear while playing for Argentina against Ecuador earlier this month, Bony’s desire to return to City’s starting line-up could be met.
Although Bony has sympathy for his team-mate, the former Vitesse and Sparta Prague star told City’s website: ‘It’s never good when your team-mates are injured but that’s the way football goes sometimes.
‘Now I need to take things game by game and work hard. I have to take my chance and score goals for the team – that’s why I’m here.’