Lamine Kone targeting five or six goals for Sunderland next season

Sunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

The defender scored the equaliser against Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalSunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

Sunderland defender Lamine Kone has told the Chronicle he is looking to score five or six goals next season.

The defender was one of the stars of the show last season after joining the Black Cats in the January transfer window.

He played a huge role in their eventual survival, helping to improve what had been a leaky defence before his arrival.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goalSunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goal

He also popped up with a couple of goals, bagging a brace in a win over Everton that sealed their top-flight status towards the end of the campaign.

He showed his goalscoring form again this week as he smashed home an equaliser in a friendly against Borussia Dortmund, and says he is targeting five or six goals next season.

“I’m very happy with my goal,” he told the Chronicle.

“It’s my first pre-season and I’m looking for more when the season starts, I hope to score five or six this season.”

Lamine Kone scores the second goal for SunderlandLamine Kone scores the second goal for Sunderland

There’s no denying that Sunderland could do with some of their other players chipping in with goals next season.

They relied heavily on Jermain Defoe’s strikes to keep them up last season, with him scoring 15 of the 48 they managed in the Premier League.

That is not an ideal situation to say the least, and David Moyes will be hoping that Kone can achieve his goal target to help the veteran striker out.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Crystal Palace's Jordon MutchSunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch

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