Paul Merson praises Arouna Kone for changing Everton fans' opinions

Arouna Kone has taken a while to find his groove at Everton.

Paul Merson has credited Everton’s Arouna Kone with changing supporters’ opinion of him on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, broadcast on November 7.

Merson claims that Kone was always facing an uphill task at Goodison Park, as Toffes fans were not overly excited by his arrival from Wigan Athletic back in 2013.

However, after a good scoring run this season, Kone has started to show his class, and Merson feels his partnership with Romelu Lukaku is looking to be a very promising one.

“Fair play to the lad. From day one they [the fans] didn’t like him. It was like ‘why are we bringing in a Wigan player?’,” Merson said.

“I thought when he got in the team a bit earlier in the season he helped Lukaku.

“I thought he was outstanding the other week [against Sunderland]. He has pure confidence. It makes a difference. They are a handful, there’s no doubt.”

In the aforementioned Sunderland match, Kone scored his first Everton hat-trick to take his total goal return for the season to five.

It has taken a while for the Ivorian to break into the Toffees’ team, but he seems to be fully settled now.

Kone’s initial time at Everton was disrupted after he suffered a long-term injury, but he is quickly making up for lost time.

Kone will hope that his momentum is not halted by the international break, with Everton’s next match coming against struggling Aston Villa in two weekends’ time.

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