Ash hails powerhouse Bony
26th February 2014
Ashley Williams believes the Swans have the strongest striker in the Barclays Premier League - and feels they can power on in the Europa League.
The Swans fly to Naples today ahead of Thursday night's deciding leg against Napoli, with a place in the Europa League last 16 at stake.
The tie is poised at 0-0 following an exciting first leg at the Liberty last week, meaning an away goal could prove crucial to Garry Monk's side.
The Swans showed their attacking qualities in last Sunday's seven-goal thriller at Liverpool, which ended 4-3 in the Reds' favour.
Wilfried Bony scored two of the Swans goals to take his tally for the season to 19 in all competitions, and the club-record signing has been tipped by his captain to continue his rich vein of form.
"We had Michu's goals last season but he has been out for a while, and Bony has stepped up for us," said Williams. "I think confidence is a big thing, particularly for strikers and you can see the confidence he is playing with.
"We love him and he is involved in the build-up a lot more now. The main thing is confidence, and he's getting that from finishing his chances right now.
"If he can maintain his performance levels then he will be so dangerous.
"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.
"He's got to be the strongest player in the league. But he uses his strength and body well.
"His strength is obvious, but his touch, his awareness has been excellent too. He is on fire at the moment."
The Swans remain outsiders to emerge from the last 32 stage, but an encouraging display against the Italian side has given them confidence of causing a shock.
And Williams believes their attacking approach will be vital if they are to knock Rafa Benitez's side out.
"We need to play our game and stamp our authority on games although we know we've got to be a little bit cautious away.
"We didn't score against Napoli at home, but it wasn't the fact we didn't create anything at home, we just couldn't get the ball in the net for whatever reason.
"We know we can score goals, we've been attacking very well in the last few weeks. We're getting more players forward now with width and we're confident."