Sam Allardyce explains why Lamine Kone has done so well since his Sunderland arrival

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Kone has kept things simple, according to his manager.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has once again talked up his January signing Lamine Kone, saying he has done so well since his £5 million arrival from Lorient because he does the simple things well.

Kone has been a hit since moving to the Stadium of Light and has put in some impressive displays, including at the weekend against West Bromwich Albion in a 0-0 draw - which was the Black Cats first clean sheet since a 2-0 win over Stoke City in November.

Allardyce is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “He doesn’t do anything miraculous or over-extend himself.

“He just plays the right simple ball at the right time, and plays in the right area.

“That’s why he’s done so well.

“For me, he does something which coaches have ignored for many years - teaching defenders how to defend.

“Don’t forget that no natural talent can come to fruition without development.”

Kone has certainly drew some admirers during since his arrival in the Premier League and seems to have adapted to things quite quickly, and relishes the challenge of trying to keep the club in the top flight.

One thing that Sam Allardyce has always prided himself on as a manager throughout his career in the top flight is for his side to have a solid base to work from and try to keep things tight at the back.

He will have been disappointed that the clean sheet tally is a little low but it is of little surprise that he would find a solid individual to play at the heart of their defence. 

Given that he seems to the first choice defender at the club at the moment, even ahead of John O'Shea, it's evident he has become such an integral part of the team in such a short space of time. 

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