Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY EXCLUSIVE CITY EXCLUSIVE DADDY DADD COOC L' LS ' READY ADY AD TO B T E A NEW BEAST ; CITY EXCLUSIVENew Boy Bony Wants to Be His Own Man at the Etihad Stadium, but Is out to Give the Blues the Same Muscle Alvaro Negredo Provided Last Season

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY EXCLUSIVE CITY EXCLUSIVE DADDY DADD COOC L' LS ' READY ADY AD TO B T E A NEW BEAST ; CITY EXCLUSIVENew Boy Bony Wants to Be His Own Man at the Etihad Stadium, but Is out to Give the Blues the Same Muscle Alvaro Negredo Provided Last Season

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HE Beast has gone ...

Tlong live new Beast Wilfried Bony!

The new City star has revealed he shared the nickname of former Blues fans' favourite Alvaro Negredo, after being so dubbed by Swansea keeper Michel Vorm.

And as he prepares for his Blues debut against Newcastle today, the Ivorian striker is hoping his powerhouse style and eye for a goal will make him as big a fans' favourite as the meteoric Negredo.

Bony will certainly give the strike force the punch and muscle it has lacked since Negredo went off the boil, and then left the club, after scoring 23 goals in the first half of the season.

Bony was better known as 'Daddy Cool' at Swansea and previous club Vitesse Arnhem after the Boney M hit of that name.

But he smiled when it was suggested City fans might pick up on the nickname bestowed on him by Vorm.

"Maybe I am the new Beast!" he told M.E.N. Sport. "Why can't I have the same impact? I don't want to be someone else, I just want to improve my game and help my team - that is always in my mind.

"Everyone calls me Bony. In the Czech Republic they called me Bony, in Holland I was Daddy Cool, which they also did a little bit at Swansea. Whether they call me Wilfried or Bony it doesn't really matter to me."

City fans will have lots of nice names for him if he can help them muscle their way back into the title race.

Bony plans to do just that, and has even brought his personal trainer with him to City to keep him in peak condition.

The French trainer is Olivier Guillier, who Bony has described in the past as 'part psychologist, part physical trainer, part guru'.

Put that attention to detail together with a strength Bony says he inherits from his mum - who is a judo black belt - and you have a formidable physical package who is also a talented footballer who never troubles the medical staff.

"It's a natural strength, and I work on it with my personal coach, who has come with me to support me and to see what I need, and all the stuff I am doing here," said Bony. …

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