The new Sunderland signing got stuck in from the outset against Manchester City.
New Sunderland signing Lamine Kone could not have asked for a tougher match in which to make his debut than against Manchester City, but the Ivorian did not let the occasion faze him.
Signed from Lorient in January, the centre-back instantly proved a hit among the Black Cats fans when his challenge on City’s Yaya Toure left the midfielder in a heap and the defender calmly trotting back to his position after a job well done.
Unfortunately for Sunderland they lost the match 1-0 courtesy of a Sergio Aguero strike, but on another day Sam Allardyce’s men could have easily taken a point if not all three.
|Passing Accuracy||Interception Won||Effective Clearance||Duel Won||Tackles Accuracy||Aerial Won||Ball Recovery||Dispossessed||Mins Played|
There are areas for Kone to improve, most notably his tackle accuracy, but as you can see from the statistics above he played a significant role in his first outing at the Stadium of Light.
Over the course of the match Kone made 11 effective clearances, won five duels and recovered the ball on five occasions.
The 27-year-old also had a decent passing accuracy of 71 per cent and he was not dispossessed all evening.
If this is what he can do on his Sunderland debut, just imagine how he will be performing when he is settled at his new club.