There's more to come from me
19th January 2014
Wilfried Bony has fired an ominous warning to Premier League defenders by insisting that nobody has seen the best of him yet.
The club-record signing has been in excellent form of late, scoring twice against Manchester City on New Years Day before firing the Swans into the fourth round of the FA Cup with the winner at Old Trafford.
That stoppage-time header against Manchester United took Bony's tally to 13 goals in 28 appearances since his move from Vitesse Arnhem last summer.
And the Ivory Coast international will be looking for more this afternoon when Swansea take on in-form Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium.
After laying down a marker in previous weeks, Bony believes that there is plenty more to come from him between now and the end of the season.
"The most important thing for a striker is to score goals," he said. "And as a striker it is important to be focussed.
"If you are playing regularly, you are in good shape to score because you feel good and you are confident.
"If you are doing that then the supporters are going to be talking about you. But for sure I want more and it is up to me to keep doing that.
"But the best is yet to come."
The Jack Army will indeed certainly be hoping for more from Bony as the Swans look to steer themselves clear of the relegation places in the Premier League.
Michael Laudrup's side are just three points from safety at the time of writing, following just one win in their last nine league games.
And they face an in-form Tottenham team this afternoon before another home clash against struggling Fulham at the end of January.
"We need points in order to start climbing the table again," said Bony. "And we can always improve.
"It's important that we get something from these next games because the gap between the bottom three and ourselves isn't much now.
"Every game is difficult, and today will be no different. But we just have to make sure we are ready and try to do our best to get maximum points."
Bony made a dream start to life at Swansea City with a brace on his debut against Malmo in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Since then the £12m man has adapted to life in English football after a sensational season in Holland last year that saw him plunder 31 goals in just 30 appearances for Vitesse.
But it was against the two Manchester clubs that Bony found his golden touch - netting twice against City before that memorable winner in the FA Cup.
And the striker reflected on that victory at Old Trafford - but insisted that it wasn't just about his goal.
"That was very important for us," he said. And we made sure we enjoyed it after the game because it was the first time that we had won there.
"That win gave us great confidence. But equally I think it was important that we didn't lose.
"Manchester United are a big club with a lot of history, and despite the problems they have had this season they are still the same club, so it was a great victory for us.
"Fortunately it (the goal) gave us the win, which is more important to me."
Despite that famous win at Old Trafford, the Swans couldn't make it a double over United as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat last Saturday.
Second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck handed the home side all three points, but Bony insists that there is only one thing that both he and his teammates are thinking about.
"We think about winning," said the striker. "If you win a game you can be back into mid-table again.
"But we just want to focus on the way we play and try to pick up points in every game. We are playing with a lot more confidence now creating a lot more chances.
"We also understand that if you don't score goals then you won't win games. That is something we have been working on and we have to continue.
"It isn't easy because we have played around ten more games this season. We don't have a massive squad here, and we have had a couple of injuries, so that has caused us a problem.
"We have worked around that and done our very best, but we can definitely do more. We have lots of games still to play this season and it is not finished yet."
The Swans face an important few months in their season with games to come against sides in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
As well as this, the last 32 of the Europa League takes centre stage next month as the club's continental adventure continues in earnest.
Bony is no stranger to European football after his exploits with former club Sparta Prague, and the striker admits it has taken some time to settle in the Premier League.
"You could say that," he said. "I didn't have a pre-season so that was a bit of a problem for me, and I wasn't quite fit at the start of the season.
"But I'm fit now and feeling good. I try to play without any stress and play to my strengths.
"When you come into a new team, it takes time for them to get used to you and you to get used to them as well.
"In this league you are not going to get eight or nine chances in a game. But also, you don't know when the chances might come. It could come in the first minute, or it could be at the end, like against Manchester United.
"You have to be ready for these moments and make sure you make it count when it matters most."
For many players, this season is one of crucial importance ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
The football carnival arrives in South America in a few months time and Bony will be hoping to take centre stage for the Ivory Coast.
Together with former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, 'Les Elephants' have a team to look out for in the tournament, and Bony wants things to continue as they are between now and the summer.
"He (Drogba) is my friend and a big player," said Bony. "And we keep in touch a lot.
"I always plan for the future, and I talk about this with Didier a lot. Last year, in Holland, he told me to be in the top five in Europe for goals.
"It is a perfect time for me to keep working hard and I want to be playing in the World Cup.
"Everything is going well for me here and I want it to continue."