Wilfried Bony has risked the wrath of his manager Mark Hughes after a second outburst in recent weeks against his lack of game time at Stoke City, and has admitted that he made a mistake joining The Potters on-loan from Manchester City in August.
The Ivorian, 28, has not even featured in the last four match-day squads, and has become highly irritated at his lack of involvement.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Ivorian said: “I want to know why I’m not playing. It is really crazy when the people say you are fine and that everything is okay, but you don’t play.
“I have asked Mark Hughes and he says I am training well, my attitude is good and I don’t need to change that but why I don’t play, I don’t know.”
Bony has made just 11 appearances for Stoke City this term, managing just two goals, and it was heavily reported in January that Bony had a clause in his contract that would allow him to quit Stoke for the Chinese Super League, but with Bony away on AFCON duty with Ivory Coast, no such move materialised.
“The last time he says I need to be patient but patient of what? I don’t know.
“I am not playing for no reason and since he spoke about the Chinese clause in my contract I don’t play — it’s really strange.”
Stoke City fans rejoiced in August when they initially signed Bony, as they thought they finally had an answer to their striker crisis, but Bony ponders why Mark Hughes even wanted him at Stoke, and when Bony was quizzed on whether he regrets joining The Potters, he said: “Yes of course. I do wonder sometimes why I came here.
“I need to see how the season finishes. Then I have a contract with Manchester City, two more years, so I will go back and we will see.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Bony will receive more game time in the dying embers of the season, but with Stoke City currently paying £80,000 p/w of Bony’s £120,000 p/w salary, Mark Hughes will want to show chairman Peter Coates value for his money to avoid questions being asked from above.