There has been much debate about whether his rumoured fee is worth the outlay which perhaps explains why the club have chosen to announce the deal as, “undisclosed”. However, this is a striker who is arguably in his prime and could turn out to be an astute signing.
Kone’s goalscoring record isn’t spectacular on paper with a rocky spell at Sevilla a particular concern. As always though the statistics don’t tell the whole story as they don’t take into account how many substitute appearances the player had, whether the player is hampered or returning from injury or played out of position. Illness and a costly ACL injury certainly seem to be a unfortunate happenstance for Kone for the early parts of his career.
Looking at Kone’s more recent playing history is where there is cause for optimism. While on loan at Levante he scored 15 goals and would undoubtedly have scored more if not for a minor injury. He managed a decent 11 league goals for Wigan despite them playing poorly and being relegated and it would appear that he is capable of even more. Direct and pacy he is a different option to what Everton have currently and despite approaching 30, arguably has youth still in his legs. His hold up play is far better than anything we currently possess up front and even if he is unlikely to be the 20 goal plus striker many crave, he will add valuable goals and can play anywhere across a forward three.
Of course, maybe the most important thing is that Roberto Martinez knows exactly what he can and can’t do. He isn’t the marquee signing everyone would like but it reminds me a little of the Sylvain Distin deal were people initially questioned the amount paid. How many people would say Distin wasn’t worth his money now? I hope Arouna Kone proves to be as good a deal.