Former Swansea and Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been linked with a move to Bristol City this weekend and it has been reported that The Robins are considering a move for the Ivory Coast international after enquiring about his character and suitability for the club.
Bony, 30, has been without a club since being released by Swansea over the summer. He spent half of last season on loan with Qatari club Al-Arabi, scoring five goals in seven appearances, and has since been training with Newport County.
Interest from Bristol has surfaced after Benik Afobe suffered a knee injury which will rule him out for the remainder of the season, leaving manager Lee Johnson with just Andreas Weimann, Famara Diedhou and 19-year-old Antoine Semenyo as the only options up front at present.
Weimann and Diedhou have not struggled for goals between them this season, experienced striker Weimann has four and Diedhou has scored two. Bristol have scored 18 goals in total in the Championship this season with nine different goal scorers overall. They are not a team short on goals and have a number of threatening goalscorers throughout the squad so may not necessarily require another striker.
Bristol are also performing well this season and currently occupy a playoff place in sixth position having only lost one match so far. They have a talented squad and a number of players, Jack Hunt, Tommy Rowe, Josh Brownhill and Daniel Bentley, have all started the season in excellent form so another addition to the squad may not be essential for Johnson at this stage.
Bony would be an expensive addition to the squad if Johnson were to make a move for the striker. But it may not be necessary with the amount of quality and experience he has in his squad. Equally, he could easily rely on Weimann and Diedhou. The only concern may come if an injury were to occur to one, or both, of these players leaving Johnson short of striker options.
Making a move for Bony would also be a risk though. He featured in just seven matches for Swansea last season, all of which were as a substitute and he only scored one goal during this time. His last appearance in the Championship was in January, so even if Bristol did sign the 30-year-old, he would be well short of match fitness and would require some time before he was even considered for selection.