Liverpool Transfer News: Wilfried Bony Buy Would Be Poor Use of Newfound Funds

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2014

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Wilfried Bony of the Ivory Coast celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Greece and the Ivory Coast at Castelao on June 24, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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News of Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona nearing its completion will evoke questions regarding who will replace such a key figure in the Liverpool line-up, a list on which Swansea City's Wilfried Bony is said to feature.

BBC Sport announced on Friday that the £75 million sale to Barca had been agreed, while The Independent claims that Brendan Rodgers may be weighing up the possibility of triggering Bony's £19 million release clause.

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Liverpool now find themselves at a crossroads, a position of power the likes of which they've never experienced before and have no guarantee that they'll go through again.

Of course, Suarez's sale will initially go down as a sad turn in their tale—the departure of a man who delivered this club back into the promised land of the Champions League.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 14:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool faces the media during the presentation as new Ambassador for 888poker on May 14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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But the search for his replacement, if there can be one right away, must be a carefully calculated venture, a value that Bony doesn't represent.

Martin Laurence of WhoScored.com does note the impressive initiative taken by Bony during his maiden campaign in the English top flight, superior to that of Suarez:

By all means, Liverpool find themselves in a similar predicament that Tottenham did upon selling Gareth Bale last year, the only differences being that they've chosen to cash in earlier and are coming off the back of a season that almost saw them win the Premier League.

And with that being the case, one would be right to assume that the Reds' squad is more readily equipped for another title push as things stand. It merely needs tweaks and upgrading in certain areas.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Rickie Lambert of Southampton shoots on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Image
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However, the one major area clearly changing is that of the strike force, evidently, and one would think a more like-for-like figure would be considered, with Bony potentially considered a similar asset to what £4 million man Rickie Lambert represents.

Granted, the former Vitesse Arnhem man is probably more adept in their trade, being of the strong, powerful centre-forward variety, and his release clause means Liverpool have a set-in-stone figure to aim for.

The Daily Mail's Sam Cunningham quotes Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins as saying he has no knowledge of a move for his forward just yet:

I have no idea about that. The only thing I'd say is I'm completely unaware of contact between Liverpool and myself. 

I was very surprised to hear and disappointed to hear that Liverpool had gone down that route and were talking to the player behind my club's back. I'm disappointed that Liverpool are acting in that manner. No official approach has been made to me or our football club.

One would think that when Daniel Sturridge has already thrived so successfully alongside an energetic presence of Suarez's sort, surely the aim would be to shoot for similar goals again, and Bony is a far cry from that.

WhoScored.com illustrates how well the Ivorian international adapted to England over time last term:

However, a grand reason behind that is because at the Liberty, Bony was "the man," that player around whom things were centralised and a similar No. 9 to what Sturridge might be if permitted to shine.

Of course, there's the other factor that £19 million would be an awful lot to spend if Rodgers does persist with a one-striker system and Bony is intended just as competition, not necessarily as an instant partner.

Metro's Jamie Sanderson reports that the Reds will only get £54 million of their Suarez sale up front, the rest coming in future instalments, but even that is enough to make a very decent go of their 2014 reinvestment.

Spurs learned with Roberto Soldado and others just what can happen if such spending doesn't go precisely to plan, and Liverpool will want to avoid a similar spectacle.

The Merseyside outfit are better off biding their time, keeping funds to one side as long as they need to and weighing up the options in front of them.

With a Suarez-shaped void to fill, this particular use of money could come to determine Liverpool's fortunes for some years to come, and Bony may not be the man to give just reimbursement.