Arouna Kone

Kone
Squad No: 9
Position:
FW
D.o.B: 11/11/1983
Birthplace: Anyama, Ivory Coast
Height: 1m 81cm
Appearances: 29 (33)
Goals: 10
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An Ivorian international, Arouna Kone arrived at Goodison Park in June 2013, becoming former manager Roberto Martinez's first signing.
 
The striker followed Martinez from Wigan Athletic, where he had notched 13 goals under the Spaniard in 38 appearances this previous season.

In his much-travelled career, Kone has represented clubs in the top divisions in Belgium, Holland, Spain, Germany and English football.
 
Born in Anyama, a suburb of the Ivorian capital Abidjan, Kone began his career with local side Rio Sport.
 
He hit 17 league goals in 30 games for the provincial outfit, landing a move to Europe with Lierse SK in 2002.
 
An impressive first campaign in Belgium brought another switch, this time to the Netherlands and Roda JC.
 
The 5ft 11ins poacher was prolific once again and after reaching double figures in successive seasons, attracted the interest of Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.
 
A move to the Philips Stadion duly materialised in the summer of 2005 and 11 goals followed in his maiden campaign as he linked up explosively with Peruvian strike partner Jefferson Farfan.
 
The two ultimately fired PSV to back-to-back titles before Kone's exploits prompted interest from Sevilla and a reported €12 million move in September 2007.
 
Despite the size of the fee, the form of Frédéric Kanouté, Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Luis Fabiano made it difficult for Kone to establish himself as a regular at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, though he did help the club progress to the first knockout stage of the Champions League.
 
A fifth-place finish in La Liga also secured a return to Europe the following season, only for a serious knee injury to sideline the Ivorian for six months, ruining his campaign.



The following season, Kone was allowed to leave Sevilla in search of regular first-team football and loan spells at German side Hannover 96 and back in Spain with Levante followed.
 
His time at Levante was particularly productive, 15 league goals coming in 34 games.
 
The move was subsequently made permanent but a reported €3.5 million bid from Wigan was enough to convince the cash-strapped Spaniards to part with their star signing just weeks later.
 
An eye-catching start to life in England followed and a goal in only his second game helped the Latics to a 2-0 win at newly-promoted Southampton.

In October, he opened the scoring against Everton in a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium and he went on to take his Premier League tally to 11, while also racking up two strikes in the FA Cup en route to Wigan's shock final defeat of Manchester City at Wembley.

A regular for the Ivory Coast, Kone has played his part in three African Cup of Nations campaigns and was also selected for the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

He made his Everton debut in the opening game of the 2013/14 season when he emerged from the bench in the 2-2 draw with Norwich.

Five more appearances followed before a serious knee injury curtailed his campaign.

After almost 14 months on the sidelines, Kone made his first-team return in the Blues' 1-0 home defeat to FC Krasnodar in the Europa League.

The striker's maiden goal for Everton came a fortnight later as he opened the scoring in a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Kone overcame his injury problems to feature 25 times and score seven goals in 2015/16.

The standout game was the 6-2 hammering of Sunderland at Goodison Park when he netted a hat-trick.

After the final whistle, it was announced that Kone had signed a new one-year extension to his contract which had been due to expired in the summer of 2016.

He made nine appearances in all competitions during Ronald Koeman’s first season in charge of the Blues in 2016/17, scoring two goals - both against Yeovil Town in a second round EFL Cup tie.

Contracted until: June 2017.
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Career Stats - Arouna Kone (First team)

League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
2013 2014 0 (5) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 (5) 0
2014 2015 7 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 1 (3) 0 8 (8) 1
2015 2016 16 (9) 5 2 2 2 (2) 0 0 0 20 (11) 7
2016 2017 0 (6) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (2) 2 0 0 0 (9) 2
Total 23 (25) 6 2 (1) 2 3 (4) 2 1 (3) 0 29 (33) 10

Career Stats - Arouna Kone (U21)

Season Appearances Goals
2014 2015 1 0
Total 1 0
Please note, not all competitions are listed on this page. In some cases, this may result in a discrepancy between the displayed totals for appearances and goals.

Club From To App. Gls.
Everton 17/08/2013 21/05/2017 33 (35) 10

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