Kone returns! Everton star comparison to £28m Romelu Lukaku

Everton are boosted by the return to fitness of Arouna Kone. How does he compare to Romelu Lukaku?

Arouna Kone has been a forgotten man at Everton, the striker succumbing to injury last season after his transfer from Wigan.

Fans of the Toffees are yet to see what he can really do, with Kone making only five substitute appearances in the Premier League last season for a combined 79 minutes of action.

Kone is now back in business, aiming to force his way into the reckoning at Goodison Park, in amongst Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o.

We took at look at Kone's season for Wigan under Roberto Martinez in 2012-13, his last full season of action, and compared it to Lukaku's loan year at Everton last season:

  PositionTeamSeasonGoalsAssistsKey PassesScoring V Shooting AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Romelu Lukaku FW Everton 2013-2014 15 6 32 15% 31 2,562
Arouna Koné FW Wigan 2012-2013 11 5 41 12% 34 2,929

The key message for fans to take is that from the statistics, there is actually not a great deal to choose from regarding the two strikers.

Lukaku's strike rate is superior, averaging 0.49 goals per game than Kone's 0.32, yet it must be remembered the latter was playing for a relegation threatened side, often leading the line on his own.

Impressively he provided more key passes, although it was actually Lukaku who landed up with more assists, while Lukaku scored with a greater percentage of his shots.

The difference however is not vastly superior, and Everton should be confident they have another real weapon in attack to add to the mix.

While the loss to Crystal Palace was disappointing, Everton showed what they are really capable of with their stunning Europa League win over Wolfsburg last week. 

With his knee injury hopefully behind him, Kone's career at the club gets a second lease of life, and he may just become the biggest surprise of the season at the club.

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