Bony backed to shine

Stoke chairman Peter Coates is confident boss Mark Hughes will get the best out of loan striker Wilfried Bony following a slow start.

Stoke: Bony backed to shineStoke: Bony backed to shine

Bony has struggled to make an impact since arriving from Manchester City just before the closure of the transfer window and the Potters’ faithful are yet to see the best of him.

There have also been rumours of unrest behind the scenes but Coates insists Stoke have a quality player on their hands and he will soon be firing on all cylinders.

“It’s true to say he isn’t there yet,” Coates said. “He knows it, we know it, but we are doing all we can to get there as quickly as possible.

“That means playing games and that is what we are doing. Clearly, if we can get him firing, we know what kind of player he can be.

“Mark’s been there and knows the score. Stories are legion of strikers going through this kind of patch and it often takes just one goal, however it comes, to get a player going again.

“I’m sure we all remember him playing so well and scoring so regularly for Swansea when he was a real handful. So much so that Manchester City paid a huge sum (£28m) – and that was a couple of years ago before prices jumped again.”

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