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Martinez excited by Kone reunion

July 9, 2013
By ESPN staff

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes new recruit Arouna Kone will seamlessly transition into life at Goodison Park.

Arouna Kone prepares to score his second goal for Wigan against Reading
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Kone, 29, has joined the Toffees on a three-year deal and although he arrived at the club to some conjecture, Martinez is confident the former Wigan striker will be the missing piece of the puzzle for Everton.

"He's got everything that an Evertonian would expect of a striker," Martinez told Everton's official website. "The work ethic, the technical ability to score goals - that's always essential in a striker.

"But probably the biggest strength that Arouna has is that calmness in front of goal, that composure to be a real reference for the team. At his age [29], he is ready to take that important role that is going to be needed to break into the team and bring something different to the side."

Kone impressed in his debut Premier League season with the Latics after joining the club from Spanish side Levante.

Kone also has experience playing in Holland and Germany and Martinez believes that experience will help his side both domestically and in Europe.

"Arouna brought a real impact to his debut in the British game [last season]," the Spaniard added. "He had great experiences in Holland and a great transfer to the Spanish league.

"He had a bit of a tough time with his injury but he recovered himself really well to score many goals with Levante. His arrival to the Premier League has been a very successful and impressive one.

"To be able to be himself straight away, someone who copes with the physicality of the game but brings a really strong back-to-goal play in the forward position and with real quality finishing in his make-up.

"As a player I would say he is a complete footballer at a really good age. He has real good experience and is another exceptional addition to the strikers that we have at the club."

Kone expressed his delight at being reunited with former manager Martinez.

"For me it's an honour to be back working with the manager once again," he said. "Last season he really helped me a lot. For my first season I did the absolute best I could but I think that joining up with him at this club is like another dimension for me and I hope that I'm going to continue to improve alongside him.

"We'll keep working hard to try and help the club achieve all of its goals. I think that with the quality of squad Everton has, we will have a good season. I hope to score as many goals as I can next season."