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Roberto Martinez backs misfiring Everton FC striker to finally shine

by Richard Buxton. Published Tue 22 Oct 2013 16:12, last updated: 22/10/13

Roberto Martinez believes Arouna Kone will soon show Everton what type of player he really is.

The Ivory Coast international has endured an imperfect start to life at Goodison Park, with a solitary start in six outings since his £5million move from Wigan while last weekend's cameo against Hull City saw him waste a gilt-edged chance to open his account for the Blues.

But Martinez says there are signs that Kone, 29, is beginning to find his feet on Merseyside.

“We have to remember that Arouna has had a few niggles that have stopped him from being himself. I thought that in the 20 minutes [on Saturday] he created two outstanding opportunities and he was a very important link piece in our attacking play," he told evertontv.

“At the end of the day you always feel disappointed when you don’t take your chances but I never value or measure a striker by taking those chances or not. I value a striker by creating those chances.

“I thought he looked sharp, looked lively and technically good in everything he did. If he carries on creating those chances everyone will see the type of player that Arouna can be. Strikers need goals, don’t get me wrong, and that is something that everyone will agree with.

"But I measure how you are going to get the goals and to get the goals you need to be in a good moment of form. Clearly Arouna showed that with the work-rate and positions he took up when he came on.”

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