Liverpool need to bolster their attack pretty soon with the exit of their star striker Luis Suarez looking more imminent. So far their quest to find a suitable player have all been in vain, and although Suarez is far from being sold, Breandan Rodgers and the Reds have been linked to a host of players.
Out of that Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas is the man associated most closely with a switch to Liverpool and that move is likely to happen sometime very soon.
But till now a lot of strikers from the lesser clubs have been on the Red’s radar ranging from Loic Remy to Benteke. But the latest rumour that is surrounding the club is the manager’s interest on Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone.
Wigan Athletic will be going through a lot of metamorphosis this summer, mainly because of a change of guard at the top and then the transfer out of some of their star players. Kone has been one of the premier performers for the current FA Cup champions this season and now he has attracted a number of interests from other clubs.
Wigan’s former manager Roberto Martinez, who has been trusted with the tough job of replacing David Moyes in Everton holds very high regards for the striker and now wants to take Kone with him. Therefore if Liverpool want to snap-up Kone, they will have to better their offer for him and induce him to choose the Reds before Everton.
Kone joined the Latics in 2012 from Levante and only in his debut season he has impressed everyone. He has scored 11 goals this season and has assisted five more for his side. Kone has a release clause of £6.5m and that would not be very difficult for both the clubs. But what would be the determining factor between the two clubs are the personal terms that they decide to offer the player.
Martinez has previously praised his striker with very pleasing words when he stated
“We’re so pleased with Arouna. He has been a joy to work with. I have never seen a foreign player arrive in England and adapt so quickly and be able to be himself. He has shown he can cope with the physicality of the league and on top of that, he has incredible finishing ability and technical quality. We’ve been extremely blessed to have Arouna in our dressing room.”
So it can be understood that Everton would not give up on the chase of Kone very easily and Martinez would certainly want to boost his side with this signing.
Coming to some statistics, we know Suarez will definitely win the race aginst Kone, but just to prove the point, here are some stats:
Now from the above images, you can clearly see the difference in their performances over the course of the previous season. While Suarez has had an overall performance score of 1336, from the 33 appearances he has made which includes a maximum of 219 in a game and a minimum of -15.83.
Checking on Kone’s scores, the forward has an overall score of 738 from 34 appearances, while his maximum and minimum scores have been 98.9 and -38.1 and thus proving my point earlier, Suarez clearly wins the race and the such a comparison is itself a waste of time.
Although Kone would not be the perfect replacement for Suarez, but still he can be considered as an squad player for which Kone is hard to overlook, considering the price at which he comes.