Conor McAleny deserves a chance to play for Everton ahead of Arouna Kone

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Taking a closer look at the two Everton forwards, one of whom impressing considerably more than the other.

Two of Everton’s forwards have had very different pre-season campaigns to date and manager Roberto Martinez may have some big decisions ahead of him regarding both.

Conor McAleny impressed in a 4-0 victory against Swindon Town, scoring one and setting up the other three, while a week later Arouna Kone had a match to forget in the Asia Trophy final against Arsenal.

It is important to note the difference in Everton's opponents, but quite simply Kone has fallen flat while McAleny has shown he deserves more first-team chances.

Both Everton strikers have been ruled out due to injury in the past, but while McAleny is 22 and with his best years hopefully still ahead of him, Kone is 31 and in the final year of his Goodison Park contract.

To describe Kone’s performance on Saturday as a horror show may be an exaggeration, but the Ivory Coast forward did not look anything like a player who could score and create the goals required of a regular front-man.

McAleny is unproven but on recent evidence he certainly deserves to be picked ahead of Kone for the remainder of pre-season and, potentially, when Everton's Premier League campaign kicks off next month.

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