Roberto Martínez is close to making former Wigan striker Arouna Koné one of, if not the first signing of the summer. The 29 year old Ivory Coast international has raised some questions across our fan base given his age & his £5m price tag. Whilst some Evertonians see him as a great addition to our small squad, others believe he is no better than the strikers we already have at the club, and that we should be aiming higher if we are to improve on a 6th place finish.

Here’s a statistical comparison between Koné and Everton’s forwards based on their performances last season:-

  • Koné
  • Jelavić
  • Anichebe
  • Mirallas
Arouna Koné
D.O.B: 11.11.1983
Birth Place: Côte d’Ivoire
Height: 1.82m
Koné: All Competitions 12/13 (Wigan Athletic)
Competition Starts Used As Sub Goals Assists
Premier League 32 2 11 5
FA Cup 4 0 2 2
League Cup 0 0 0 0
Total 36 2 13 7
Koné: Premier League 12/13 – Goal Attempts (Wigan Athletic)
Minutes played 2929
Goals 11
Mins per goal 266
Shots on target 36
Shots off target 34
Total Shots 70
Mins per shot 42
Mins per shot on target 81
Clear-cut chance scored 7
Clear-cut chance missed 13
Shooting Accuracy51%
Chance Conversion16%
Clear-Cut Chance Conversion35%
Nikica Jelavić
D.O.B: 27.08.1985
Birth Place: Croatia
Height: 1.87m
Jelavić: All Competitions 12/13
Competition Starts Used As Sub Goals Assists
Premier League 26 11 7 2
FA Cup 5 0 1 1
League Cup 0 1 0 0
Total 31 12 8 3
Jelavić: Premier League 12/13 – Goal Attempts
Minutes played 2427
Goals 7
Mins per goal 347
Shots on target 32
Shots off target 41
Total Shots 73
Mins per shot 33
Mins per shot on target 76
Clear-cut chance scored 4
Clear-cut chance missed 18
Shooting Accuracy44%
Chance Conversion10%
Clear-Cut Chance Conversion18%
Victor Anichebe
D.O.B: 23.04.1988
Birth Place: Nigeria
Height: 1.85m
Anichebe: All Competitions 12/13
Competition Starts Used As Sub Goals Assists
Premier League 19 7 6 4
FA Cup 3 1 1 3
League Cup 2 0 1 1
Total 24 8 8 8
Anichebe: Premier League 12/13 – Goal Attempts
Minutes played 1716
Goals 6
Mins per goal 286
Shots on target 21
Shots off target 24
Total Shots 45
Mins per shot 38
Mins per shot on target 82
Clear-cut chance scored 4
Clear-cut chance missed 8
Shooting Accuracy47%
Chance Conversion13%
Clear-Cut Chance Conversion33%
Kevin Mirallas
D.O.B: 05.10.1987
Birth Place: Belgium
Height: 1.82m
Mirallas: All Competitions 12/13
Competition Starts Used As Sub Goals Assists
Premier League 23 4 6 3
FA Cup 3 1 1 1
League Cup 2 0 2 2
Total 28 5 9 6
Mirallas: Premier League 12/13 – Goal Attempts
Minutes played 1831
Goals 6
Mins per goal 305
Shots on target 28
Shots off target 16
Total Shots 44
Mins per shot 42
Mins per shot on target 65
Clear-cut chance scored 3
Clear-cut chance missed 4
Shooting Accuracy64%
Chance Conversion14%
Clear-Cut Chance Conversion43%

Koné scored more goals and made the second most assists of the forwards in all competitions. In the league, he was second to Mirallas for shooting accuracy and clear-cut chance conversion, while having a marginally better overall chance conversion. While Koné did outperform our established forwards in key areas last season, the difference between them was not extraordinary, especially given that he played 502 more league minutes than Jelavić and more than double that amount when compared to Mirallas or Anichebe.

We certainly do need a consistent striker to push forward, but is Arouna Koné the answer? I’m not convinced.  I think the £5m we are to spend could have gone towards a younger forward with more potential. At 29 years old, he is hardly a player for the future, but I expect him to make a fairly quick impact and 15 goals shouldn’t be an unrealistic target.

3 Response Comments

  • snoop  3 July 2013 at 19:30

    Good little article that mate, not sure if he is the answer. If he is one of 2 strikers bought in then its decent. If he is the only one, I think there are questions need answering.

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    • Everton Aren't We  3 July 2013 at 19:47

      I went into more depth with the intention of posting it when he signs, but EPLIndex released something similar today so I chopped it down and got straight to the point ha.

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  • Bernadette Cranny  3 July 2013 at 19:38

    I don’t think Kone is the answer. Anichebe needs a run in the side and he will score 15 or more. Jelevic will have learned from last year and a good pre season will see him 15 goals a season. Kone is too old in a team that needs youth. What about Jordan Rhodes or Victor Moses.

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