Kone could be in line for his Sunderland debut when they host Manchester City this evening.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has said that new signing Lamine Kone will come up against the greatest challenge he has ever faced when the Black Cats host Manchester City at the Stadium of Light this evening.
Kone is expected to be handed the task of handling Manchester City's star forward Sergio Aguero, who has found the net on 16 occasions in all competitions so far this season.
Allardyce is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: "Lamine can go straight in hopefully.
“He’s match-fit enough at French level, can he transmit that ability straight into the Premier League?
“This is the greatest challenge he’s ever faced, but hopefully that will be achieved.”
Any time a defender comes up against Sergio Aguero, it is a big test of their qualities and credentials, so for Kone to be handed the task on his debut makes the challenge even greater.
Any work he has done on the training ground with the rest of the side is likely to be pivotal if Sunderland are going to come away from the game with a positive result.
There is also an element of risk on the side of the manager. While Manchester City may well be odds on favourites to beat Sunderland this evening, given their predicament there is no such thing as a 'free game' for Allardyce's men at this stage of the season.
They are currently four points adrift from safety with 15 games to go and there can't afford to be any regrets or taking future games for granted. Points on the board is going to be huge for Sunderland and they must work for every single one, rather than target specific games.
Certainly, Kone will get an instant feel of what the league is all about this evening, so one major positive of playing him this evening is that nothing should surprise him in the games that follow.