Swansea boss Laudrup pleased with Bony progress

The £12 million summer signing has been integrated slowly into the team but, with star man Michu out injured, stepped up to score twice in Sunday's 3-3 draw with Stoke City
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is pleased with Wilfried Bony's progress after the forward scored twice in Sunday's 3-3 draw with Stoke City.

The 24-year-old, who joined from Vitesse in the close-season for a club-record fee of £12 million, made only his fifth Premier League start when Mark Hughes's men visited the Liberty Stadium.

Bony's double against Stoke doubled his league tally and Laudrup believes that his charge is showing constant improvement, of particular importance following talisman Michu's ankle injury.

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"We are still trying to find his best condition and [he's still trying] to adapt to this league so I'm really happy for him to score two goals," the Dane enthused to reporters. "It hasn't been easy for him in the last period.

"There's always something special when you have a certain price tag on your shoulder but he had a good performance [against Kuban Krasnodar], especially in the first hour. He scored a goal. The same [on Sunday], he scored two goals so I am pleased with that.

"Scoring goals is one thing but it's important. I can see him in training as well, he gets into better shape and he really wants to improve and then again the goals are important because especially if you play up front, you are always judged.

"As a striker with a big price tag, you are even more judged by the goals you score or don't score, so it's important and especially now that we don't have Michu. We don't have him, so others can score."