14:49 2nd August 2013
. . . record signing reflects on his perfect start at the Swans
Wilfried Bony toasted a dream debut at Swansea City and quickly praised his new team-mates for helping him make an instant impact.
The club’s record signing showed just why the Swans broke their transfer record this summer as he scored twice and then set up another in a 4-0 win over Malmo in the Europa League.
It means the Swans travel to Sweden next Thursday with a healthy advantage in their third qualifying round second leg.
And Bony was the name on everybody’s lips as the Ivory Coast striker – a £12million signing from Vitesse Arnhem – stole the show with his performance.
But the 24-year-old showered his team-mates with praise rather than accepting any personal glory following a stunning debut.
“It was fantastic, first of all for the team because it was important that we didn’t concede a goal,” said Bony. “Of course, it was good to score goals on my first appearance for the team and also in my first game at home.
“It was my first game at the Liberty. The supporters were fantastic - they pushed us on and gave us motivation to do more.
“It’s very good for me to play in this team. Michu is a fantastic player and it’s great to have Jonjo (Shelvey), Wayne (Routledge) and Nathan (Dyer) behind me too.
“It’s not easy for me because I’ve not played much with the team, but I will concentrate every day to know my team-mates and the whole team more.
“I try to play my game and do what the manager asks of me. I don’t think of any pressure because of it (the transfer fee).
“But I think with a couple more games behind me I will be better.”
With the Swans making a stunning return to European football after a 22-year absence, Michael Laudrup’s side look to book their place in the Play-Off round of the qualifying stage when they visit the Swedbank Stadion on Thursday.
Despite taking a 4-0 advantage to Malmo, Bony expects the Swans to head there looking to maintain their standards from the first leg.
“It’s important for us to go there to win,” he added. “For us to score a lot of goals in the first leg was very good, and hopefully we can play as well in Sweden.”