Charlie Nicholas praises Everton boss Roberto Martinez for selecting Arouna Kone

Arouna Kone has scored five times in 16 appearances for Everton this season.

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on November 28th, that Roberto Martinez’s decision to bring Arouna Kone into Everton’s first team has sparked a dramatic change in their performances.

Kone has been handed regular appearances this season, with Steven Naismith having to take a backseat role.

And Nicholas feels that this switch has been a very intelligent one by Martinez, as it has helped Everton to show their attacking class.

“The dramatic change in the team has been from taking Steven Naismith out and bringing Arouna Kone in,” Nicholas said.

“That has given them more freedom and more movement. Barkley has more space because of it, and what you are doing is you are occupying a back-four, because you’re attack minded.

“Everton should be playing this way all the time.”

Kone made a slow start to his Everton career, and he failed to make much of an impact during his first two seasons with the club - with a serious injury hindering his cause.

However, he has become far more involved this time around, and he has netted five times in 16 appearances.

Kone’s good form has helped Everton to climb into ninth place in the Premier League table, and they have made an encouraging start to their season.

As well as picking up some credible results in England’s top flight, Everton have also progressed to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, meaning there are genuine hopes that the club could end their 20-year wait for a trophy this season.

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