Swansea boss Laudrup excited by Bony potential

The 24-year-old striker moved to the Liberty Stadium for a club-record transfer fee and has already impressed the Swans boss after his debut against ADO den Haag on Saturday
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is excited by the potential of Wilfried Bony after the club-record £12 million signing made his debut on Saturday.

The Ivory Coast striker was given his first taste of action since completing his move to the Liberty Stadium from Vitesse earlier this week, appearing as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 win over ADO den Haag.

And Laudrup says Bony displayed some of the qualities that the club have signed him for, while praising the whole squad for their successful pre-season tour of the Netherlands.

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"He's a player who operates in the last third of the pitch but, most importantly he is a goalscorer," Laudrup said.

"He did not score here but already you can see how strong he is. He is good in the air, can score from set-pieces and he gives us something extra that perhaps we were missing.

"But we have some games now where he can get to know his team-mates a little more like the rest of the players. It is the same for Jose Canas, Alex Pozuelo, Jordi Amat and Jonjo Shelvey as well but all five have come really well into the squad.

"We have only been training for ten days and the team looked good. We have to improve still but I'm very pleased with what I've seen in these ten days, not only in the games but in training as well.”

Another of Laudrup’s summer recruits, Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool, capped off a fine performance with a superb through-ball assist for Wayne Routledge to score in the 20th minute.

Shelvey also went close to scoring himself, with an effort from 45 yards that dipped a little too late before hitting the roof of the goalkeeper's net, and the Swans' Danish boss was full of praise for the youngster.

"I think it was a glimpse of his quality," Laudrup added. "He adds something to us with that kind of longer pass.

"Generally in the squad there is competition but really in the midfield we have a lot of alternatives for during the season. It's great because hopefully we will play a lot of midweek games so we will need a little of everything and that is good for us."