Curtis lauds "beast" Bony
6th January 2014
Swans legend Alan Curtis feels Wilfried Bony is now reaching his full potential after proving his class with a last-gasp winner in the FA Cup triumph at Manchester United.
Bony headed home in the 90th minute to earn the Swans a first ever win at Old Trafford, which means they will face either Birmingham City, Crawley Town or Bristol Rovers in the fourth round.
It was the striker's third goal in two games, with the Ivory Coast international putting in a man-of-match performance with a brace in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester City the previous week.
The Ivory Coast international became the club's record signing last summer when he arrived following a £12million transfer from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
And Curt feels Bony's return of 13 goals in 27 appearances - along with his recent displays - show just why the Swans splashed the cash on him.
"It took him a while to settle in. He scored a lot of goals last season, but he missed out on pre-season with us so he was playing catch up," said Curt, who is first team coach at the Liberty.
"The fact he came for £12million meant people expected a lot from him.
"But he was just short of fitness and throughout the season we have worked on that.
"His strength and power are quite frightening - he is a real beast of a man.
"He already has 13 goals this season and his latest one was a cracking goal."
Curt also hailed the overall team performance, while Wayne Routledge won praise too.
The winger latched onto Alejandro Pozuelo's through ball to chip Anders Lindegaard to open the scoring, while he laid on the cross for Bony to head home the winner.
Curt added: "Wilfried will obviously take the headlines for his winning goal, but Wayne's performance was fantastic.
"He is a confidence player and he has all the ability in the world. He can beat people, has terrific strength and can hold people off. He certainly delivered yesterday.
"It was a great team performance. We made quite a few changes but people certainly stepped up to the mark.
"It was the first time we have won at Old Trafford - it's a special place.
"A win like yesterday gives us tremendous confidence."