'A real example': Martinez hails Everton's Arouna Kone

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Roberto Martinez has praised the impact Everton's Arouna Kone has made since coming back from injury.

Arouna Kone's Everton career may not have gone to plan to date, but he showed signs that he could be a success at Goodison Park yesterday.

The Ivorian is on the comeback trail following a severe injury which kept him out for over a year, but he showed little signs of rust in Everton's 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday. 

Kone scored the Toffees' first goal in the match and was a constant threat to the Newcastle defence, despite Everton's loss.

“He has been a real example,” Martinez said to the club's official site. “He has been away from the pitch working extremely hard and wanting to show people what he can do for Everton.

"Arouna is a player that is very different to what we have in the squad. He brings real happiness and a sense of anticipation of what he can bring in the second half of the season."

The goal was Kone's first goal for the club since he signed for £5 million from Wigan Athletic in 2013 and it was one positive to come from the defeat.

Everton have failed to meet expectations this season and they are currently in 12th position in the Premier League table, with the pressure growing on the squad.

Both Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o have not been able to hit the back of the net with the regularity that Roberto Martinez was hoping for when he signed them over the summer and the emergence of another attacking option is a boost. 

Kone has previously shown he can be a weapon in the Premier League and he will be determined to make up for lost time in 2015 now he is finally off the mark for the Toffees. 

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