Wilfried Bony's Strong Season Will Make Him Popular Summer Transfer Target

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Wilfried Bony of Swansea City makes his point during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on March 22, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Wilfried Bony has probably made himself some money this season.

The Swansea City striker has been excellent in his first season in the Premier League, with 12 goals and two assists in 28 league appearances. That's been good enough for a solid 6.96 average match rating from WhoScored. In total, he's notched 23 goals and four assists in all competitions, and he has certainly been one of the bright spots for a Swans' side that has generally struggled this season. 

And that likely will make him a very popular transfer target when the summer session commences. One club that will reportedly come calling is Everton, according to Steve Millar of the Daily Star:

Roberto Martinez is counting the cash ready to splash in the summer with Swansea striker Wilfried Bony a £15 million target.

The Everton boss will return to his old club in an attempt the capture the Ivory Coast international as he rebuilds his squad for the next campaign.

Bony is viewed as a replacement for on loan Romelu Lukaku who will pack his bags at the end of the season. Gerard Deulofeu will be on his way, too.

After Bony earned a brace against Liverpool in a 4-3 loss on February 24, Swansea skipper Ashley Williams broke down what made his teammate so special, via Wales Online:

It is not just his goals, during the last few weeks I have really felt sorry for the opposition defenders as he has been unplayable.

His strength is obvious, but his touch, his awareness has been excellent too. He is on fire at the moment.

We are glad to have him, we want to use him as much as possible and it is always good when your striker scores two goals.

Bony's combination of size, strength and scoring touch make him difficult to deal with. He showed his true value on several different occasions in Swansea's 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday.

For one, on his first-half goal he completely boxed out Thomas Vermaelen and powered a header into the net. Vermaelen wasn't in horrible position and against a slighter figure, he may have been able to worm his way around the striker to clear the ball or bully the forward just enough to put off the headed effort.

But not against Bony.

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On another occasion, Bony showed off his ability to hold up play, staving off two Arsenal players to win the ball in the midfield—essentially muscling himself free of the charging Gunners. While Swansea didn't set up an attack after Bony wrestled control of the ball, it was an indication of how much of a handful he can be for opposing players.

Making the adjustment to the Premier League from the Eredivisie is no easy task—just ask Jozy Altidore. But Bony's strong showing this season will bode well for him on the transfer market if he seeks a move away from a struggling Swansea side. 

If a club like Everton comes calling, Bony would be wise to consider making the jump. And it's likely that it won't just be the Toffees contacting the Swans. Expect Bony to be quite the popular figure this summer.