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Chairman admits discomfort over £12m deal

Swansea's Huw Jenkins doesn't like spending £12m on one player

By | 14th September 2013
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Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has admitted that is uncomfortable with the idea of spending £12 million on a single player after doing exactly that to sign striker Wilfried Bony this summer. The 24 year old Ivorian was nicknamed “Daddy Cool” by fans in Holland during his time with Vitesse, as the striker coolly slotted home an astonishing 31 goals in 24 Eredivisie matches last season and has already gotten off to a scoring start for the Swans with a debut goal against Manchester United.

Despite his immediate success, Jenkins insists that signings of Bony’s stature won’t become the norm for the Welsh club, even considering their status as a Europa League team.

“This summer was the first time where we agreed to spend that money on one player, and personally I don’t like the idea of doing it,” Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.

“I don’t think it’s a great thing for our club to be doing season after season. Yes, now and again for the right player at the right time, it might be an option.

“But I think we all know our level should be a bit below that. We should be finding players who are suitable to us and who arrive for figures that are easier to sleep with. Signing Wilfried Bony was a big thing for us, but I would not like to keep paying fees like that all the time.”

Bony is set to forge a formidable partnership alongside Spanish sensation Michu, whose 18 goals helped propel Swansea to an impressive 9th place finish last season. Michu was signed for a much more affordable £2 million, showcasing Swansea’s ability to find hidden gems on a lower budget, which helps Jenkins’ case.

Wilfried Bony and his Swansea City teammates will take on Liverpool on Monday as they look for their second win of the season. Michael Laudrup’s side currently sit just above the relegation zone in 16th place.

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