Bony v Kone: Should Everton take the Manchester City man?

Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman

The Manchester City striker has been suggested as a potential makeweight in the deal for John Stones.

Wilfried Bony celebrates after scoring the third goal for Manchester City

According to a recent report from the Sun, Ronald Koeman is considering accepting Manchester City’s proposal to include striker Wilfried Bony in a deal for John Stones.

The defender has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium all summer, but so far the two sides have failed to agree a deal for him.

One involving Bony would certainly make sense, with Everton currently short on options beyond Romelu Lukaku, with Arouna Kone failing to impress again last season.

Arouna Kone celebrates scoring the fifth goal for Everton in the 6-2 win over Sunderland

Should Bony arrive at Goodison Park, it is extremely likely he would replace Kone as the Blues' back-up option.

But would he represent an improvement? We decided to compare the two players to find out.

  TeamSeasonTotal Scoring Att per GameOntarget Scoring Att per GameGoalsShooting AccuracyKey Passes per GameGoal AssistAerial Won per GameUnsuccessful Touches per GameAppearances
Wilfried Bony Man City 2015-2016 2.31 0.65 4 7% 0.5 3 1.85 1 26
Arouna Koné Everton 2015-2016 1.44 0.56 5 14% 0.56 4 0.6 1.84 25

And rather surprisingly it turns out that the two were level across the eight areas that we looked at.

Kone managed more goals and assists, as well as a better shooting accuracy. He also registered more key passes per game than Bony.

Everton's Arouna Kone (L) in action with West Bromwich Albion's Luke Daniels

However, the Manchester City man registered more shots per game, more shots on target per game as well as wining more aerial duels per game.

He also managed fewer unsuccessful touches per game, with these stats suggesting Everton may be best looking elsewhere for their new striker.

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony looks dejected after missing a penalty

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