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Wilfried Bony’s squad number choice is an insult to strikers around the world

Wilfried Bony has chosen to wear the no.2 on his return to Swansea, despite the no.9 being vacant

Everyone had a bit of a laugh when Renato Sanches tried, and failed, to take Swansea’s no.85 shirt.

Sure, it was a bit maverick, but so was the fact a player deemed Europe’s best young midfielder only last year would be spending the next season playing with Leon Britton.

However Wilfried Bony’s choice of squad number is a whole different kettle of fish.


You don’t want to see what is on the back

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You don’t want to see what is on the back

For context, it’s worth pointing out that Fernando Llorente’s departure to Spurs left Swansea’s no.9 shirt completely free.

The no.10, which Bony wore in his previous spell at Swansea, is currently occupied by Tammy Abraham while the no.12 and no.14 shirts he wore at Man City and Stoke are also already taken.

So what did Bony decide to go for? The no.2. The number f****** two.

Bony’s reasoning?

Let’s hear it from the big man himself.

Bony said: “It’s a special number for me. It’s the second time I am at the club, hence I wanted to wear number two, and I want to achieve more for the team.

Hands up who wants a s*** squad number?

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Hands up who wants a s*** squad number?

He’ll now follow in the footsteps of famous striking no.2s like… err, you’re going to have to help us out here.

But wait, what’s this? We’ve got an alternative theory on Bony’s peculiar squad number.

Can you hazard a guess at the amount of league goals Bony scored during a loan spell at Stoke last season?

Yep, that’s right, the 28-year-old scored just twice. Case solved.

If he’s half as good as Kanu…

If he’s half as good as Kanu…

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