Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Wilfried Bony Not Worth the Risk for Blues

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2013

Chelsea might need a striker, but Wilfried Bony is not the man to solve the Blues' problems.

Mel Henderson of The Sun reported the club could possibly steal Bony right out from West Ham's noses in a £12 million deal. It's easy to see why many clubs across Europe are keen on the Ivorian striker. He's scored 26 goals in 24 Eredivisie matches.

In addition, Chelsea have a very good relationship with Vitesse, Bony's club. Patrick van Aanholt and Gael Kakuta, Chelsea players, are both on loan at the club.

At this point, though, you have to wonder if Bony has proven himself enough to warrant a pursuit by a club the quality of Chelsea. I went much more in depth regarding the striker earlier in the month.

Bony is far from a world-class striker. Scoring a ton of goals in the Dutch first division is not the accomplishment it would be in various other leagues.

Plus, it's not as if he's been a prolific goalscorer prior to this year. Coming into the 2012/13 season, the most league goals Bony had scored in a season was 13 in 2010/11, across both the Dutch and Czech first divisions.

At 24 years old, there's every chance the striker is coming into his prime and this season is just the start of things to come. However, there's an equally good chance that this season is more of an aberration.

The quality of defense is very poor across the board. It will be a massive jump to go from Eredivisie back fours to those in the Premier League. Physicality is one of Bony's strengths, no pun intended. It's easy for him to overpower defenders in the Netherlands. He could have a much more difficult time in England.

Not a quality dribbler, Bony makes the maximum of the space he's given. That space would be halved in England. He's not going to have the same amount of time to determine what to do with the ball.

Dirk Kuyt was not a technically gifted player but managed to score 20-plus goals in four straight seasons before moving to Liverpool. He never again regained that kind of goalscoring skill again.

Bony could very well turn out to be a great striker should he move to Stamford Bridge. The worry, though, is that a move to a huge club could come with unrealistic expectations. Supporters and pundits alike will be expecting him to be the next Didier Drogba. When he fails to adapt to English football immediately, Bony will be considered a flop.

Chelsea would be much better off going after a striker who has proven himself in a much tougher league.