Monk’s faith in Bony ahead of Sunderland trip

Wilfried Bony will return against Sunderland on Saturday
Wilfried Bony will return against Sunderland on Saturday
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SWANSEA manager Garry Monk insists striker Wilfried Bony has not get a temperament problem ahead of his return at Sunderland on Saturday.

Bony served a one-match suspension in the Capital One Cup in midweek after being sent off against Southampton in the Barclays Premier League last weekend for receiving two yellow cards.

The Ivory Coast striker felled Maya Yoshida with a crude challenge after appearing to growl at the Saints defender and was then guilty of a scissors tackle from behind on the same player close to half-time.

The end result was Bony’s first red card in English football, but Monk says that he doesn’t expect the 25-year-old to find himself in further trouble with referees despite being a physical player.

“What can sometimes go against Wilf is that he’s so powerful and strong he wants to show that strength,” Monk said.

“Sometimes if he feels the other guy has got the better of him he tries a bit more and perhaps overreacts, and in that situation maybe you can do the type of thing he did on Saturday.

“But he’s got a good temperament. He’s not someone who will pick up a lot of red cards and I can’t remember him being booked.”

Bony had actually been booked only four times in 53 Swansea appearances before the red mist descended against Southampton and Monk dismissed the Ivorian’s growl at Yoshida as the two players converged on a bouncing ball.

“It’s a characteristic, he does it in training some times for effect more than anything,” Monk said.

“It’s nothing to talk to him about and I haven’t had a big conversation with him about the red .

“It was a mistake he held his hands up to straight away and when players do that you don’t need telling because you know it.

“I’ve seen some players sent off for stupid things and they don’t know why, but Wilf knew straight away.”

Swansea head to the Stadium of Light having lost their last two league games to Chelsea and Southampton after winning their opening three matches.

But they were boosted by beating Everton 3-0 in the Capital One Cup in midweek and there was further good news on Thursday when winger Wayne Routledge extended his contract.

The 29-year-old added another year to his existing deal and will now remain at Swansea until 2018.

“He thoroughly deserves it because of his commitment to his club and how he’s been,” Monk said.

“He’s found a home, somewhere he can be himself and bring out the player we now see week in week out.

“He’ll admit himself a little bit he rebelled at times as a youngster but I think he never clicked at clubs where he felt he could express himself.

“Perhaps he was unsure of what he was capable of, but here he’s had that freedom and guidance here to be better.”