Everton latest: Chelsea striker loan deal eyed as Kone vows to impress

Arouna Kone

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Despite England crashing out in the group stage of the World Cup, many believe that there is a healthy crop of young players coming through for the next generation. Everton's Ross Barkley made the 23-man squad whilst defender John Stones was on the standby list, and Toffees boss Roberto Martinez says that the Three Lions are on the right track.

"Looking back at other tournaments, it was the case of trying to progress and go through. This time around, it has been a clear approach of: let's try to be ourselves, let's try to find solutions and learn from the experience for the future; if we progress in this tournament, great, if not we'll get the benefits," said Martinez.

"There is a real legacy growing in this new England set-up. I love the eye-to-eye mentality and having a really brave outlook about their performances. The defeat against Uruguay was marginal. The game against Italy was very small margins as well, not to get the victory."

"Overall, it's a positive approach, and I think there is an understanding from the English public that there needs to be a bit of patience and a structured path to be successful; not just to be good in big tournaments, but to try to win a big tournament," added the Spaniard.

After the departure of Romelu Lukaku at the end of his loan spell from Chelsea, Everton are in need of striking reinforcements but one current Toffees forward is trying to make a good impression ahead of the new season. Former Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Koné followed Martinez to Merseyside last summer in a £5m deal, but saw his debut season ravaged by injury. Now set to return, Koné believes he can make an impact.

"For me, it’s now about working hard and making sure I come back at my top level of form so fans can actually see something of the real Arouna Koné, the best Arouna Koné," Koné said.

"It’s going to mean an awful lot to me to wear that shirt next season because I’ve not yet written any history, I’ve not made my mark on Everton or created my own chapter of the story that is this club," continued the Ivorian.

Despite Koné's comments, it would still be a huge shock to see Everton end the transfer window without another striker. A return for Lukaku looks unlikely, but they could yet swoop for another Chelsea striker as Senegalese forward Demba Ba has been linked with a loan move to Goodison Park - but reports suggest that his wages could scupper the deal.

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