London - Wilfried Bony believes he can be Manchester City's secret weapon in the Premier League title race as he prepares to make his debut against Newcastle on Saturday.
Bony joined Manuel Pellegrini's side from Swansea in a £28 million move during the January transfer window, but has yet to make his bow in a City shirt after spending the last few weeks helping Ivory Coast win the African Cup of Nations.
The 26-year-old is in contention to finally give City fans a first glimpse of their new signing when Newcastle visit Eastlands in a fixture crucial to their hopes of retaining the English title.
Second-placed City could be 10 points behind leaders Chelsea by the time they kick-off at 19:30 as Jose Mourinho's team will have finished their match against struggling Burnley earlier in the day.
But Bony, who netted 34 times in 70 appearances for Swansea, is confident he can give a timely lift to a City attack that has sometimes struggled when Sergio Aguero has been injured or off-form this season.
"It feels like a while since I signed the contract but finally I'm here, I'm really happy about that and now I'm just focusing on this Saturday's game," Bony said.
"It's not easy because I've just arrived from Africa and I will have had five days of training before we play Newcastle.
"If I am needed, I have a good record against Newcastle. I've scored three goals in two games against them.
"They are a good side and are strong at the back but they are coming to our stadium and we need to win this game."
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