WILFRIED Bony’s £28 million move to Manchester City will ensure that Chelsea are pushed all the way to the finishing line in this season’s race for the title, according to the vastly experienced coach and TV pundit, Glenn Hoddle.
Hoddle, currently coaching with Harry Redknapp at QPR, tells Zapsportz.com in an exclusive interview that City’s chance of retaining the Premier League will hinge on how Bony can adapt to playing alongside Sergio Aguero.
Hoddle, the former England, Chelsea and Spurs manager, tells Zapsportz.com: “Bony is used to playing up front on his own in the Swansea set up, but at City Manuel Pellegrini plays with two up top.
“So how well City do in the second half of the season – once Bony arrives – will depend on how he can fit in with Aguero.
“But for me it is a positive move by City in their quest to hold on to the Premier League title and now it’s up to the coach to see how he can make them work together and forge an understanding together.”
Now Hoddle believes the title race will be on a knife edge all the way to the season’s end in May.
“For sure the deal gives City a much better chance of catching Chelsea,” he said, “but I have to say with Bony’s signing it makes it far too close to call. Either side could win the title this season.
“I have a feeling it will be nip and tuck all the way to the very end. City clawed their way back to level at the top with Chelsea but then dropped a couple of points, but its going to be a little like that from now on in.”