By Tom Blackburn
Everton striker Arouna Kone believes he still has a future at the club after impressing in their 4-0 win over Yeovil on Tuesday.
Kone, 32, came on for the last 11 minutes in Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash against Yeovil, and he finished the match with two goals.
“For me it is very important as a striker to score goals and I have to score to keep my confidence,” he said after the game, via the Daily Star.
“I was very unlucky with the injuries but I am very positive in my head and I have to give 100 per cent for myself and this club.”
Kone joined Everton in July 2013 from Wigan for a figure just shy of £6million, but an injury from October 2013 to December 2014 has meant his influence has been limited.
He has managed just 55 appearances in his three years for the Merseyside giants, and has scored 10 times.
He arrived at Wigan the summer prior to moving to Everton and shone despite the team being relegated.
In the Premier League that season he scored 11 times in 34 games, and he scored two more goals in the FA Cup.
The Toffees look as though they have managed to keep Romelu Lukaku at the club this summer, despite Chelsea’s attempts to sign him.
They are now looking for cover for their main striker, and that seems to signal a lack of confidence in Kone.
Their main target appears to be Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna, and it is reported they have told the striker they will double his wages if he signs for them.
In other Everton news, their former striker and Premier League record-holder moves to League Two.