The manager was asked about the circumstances behind the failed transfer but while Koeman didn't elaborate on the reasons it never happened, he said that having an extra striking option isn't a bad thing.
“Arouna's role is difficult," the Dutchman explained. "He hasn't been involved in a lot of games this season and he had some physical issues during the season
“But I like the boy because I know him well; I worked with at PSV in Holland. All the front players are really good in terms of fitness.
"If we get injuries them maybe we'll need Arouna so he needs to wait for his opportunity.
"That's difficult at the moment but in football things change quickly. I'm happy he is still in because he's a really experienced player."
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1 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:28:24
2 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:44:41
3 Posted 03/02/2017 at 18:12:38
He's making £40,000 a week. Who is his right mind would give that up?
4 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:24:41
5 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:57:02
He hasn't been able to achieve the same levels since for a variety of reasons such as (I'm guessing here), lack of top fitness, Old Father Time, lack of confidence, lack of game time as a striker, losing confidence after being played as a winger. Just another football story.
I do have to ask, would he have performed any better/worse than our main striker did at Stoke? The 2012 version of Kone would have made some contribution.
6 Posted 03/02/2017 at 21:00:12
The guy has always worked and tried hard, and on occasions has shone.
Not his fault we have better players or that he has had injury issues.
Cheers... and win tomorrow, please.
7 Posted 03/02/2017 at 22:02:18
I was glad the deal fell through, as Rom may get injured, and I don't think Valencia is as effective in front of goal.
8 Posted 03/02/2017 at 22:06:15
I was delighted when he arrived and still believe he'd have been a major contributor if not for the injuries.
9 Posted 03/02/2017 at 22:09:10
10 Posted 04/02/2017 at 00:27:32
Jesus, man, you're clutching at straws in your criticism of Big Rom Kone doesn't have a shade of the ability and ruthlessness of our main striker... Look at his record: 72 goals in 171 Premier League games and he's only 23. It's taken Peter Crouch 419 games (his whole career) to get to 100 goals and Kone 339 games to get to 111 goals, mostly in some very ordinary leagues before his Premier League days.
I really don't understand your criticism when he has an off-day... or he has three defenders marking him the whole game.
11 Posted 04/02/2017 at 00:30:58
There was supposed to be bids for him before the transfer window closed, surely he can come to an arrangement with the club and his agent.
Just a thought.
12 Posted 04/02/2017 at 01:14:18
Other than that Kone isn't half as bad as people make him out to be. I think it's unfair to ask lukaku to play every single minute of every game. He needs a touch of rotation at least. Injuries and age creep up on all players.
13 Posted 04/02/2017 at 01:30:28
14 Posted 04/02/2017 at 02:00:28
His hold-up play is better than Rom's. Maybe play him and Lookman and give Rom a rest.
Hope we get a win and a good performance against Bournemouth.
15 Posted 04/02/2017 at 03:55:23
But let's not make him out to be a dead beat AvdM type. We gave him a contract, he's entitled to see it out. We can't have it both ways.
Fans get upset when in-form players leave mid-contract so we are hypocrites to try and ditch a guy going through a tough time when it suits us.
17 Posted 04/02/2017 at 08:48:50
Roberto shamelessly looked after his mates giving them long contracts; Kone must now be a multi millionaire thanks to Everton, with very little in terms of performance on the field to show for it.
To Kone, it must've been like winning the lottery... why anyone would have any sympathy for him is beyond comprehension. Koeman is slowly clearing out the deadwood, Besic next?
18 Posted 04/02/2017 at 09:29:02
19 Posted 04/02/2017 at 09:32:11
Injuries have blighted his time with us and, whilst he isn't the most prolific of strikers, his strength is his general hold-up and link-up play. We all know that, if Rom could link up play and hold the ball for longer, he would be at Real Madrid and not us.
20 Posted 04/02/2017 at 09:33:26
He seems a likeable lad and has had bad luck with injuries, but he may come in handy if Rom gets a knock. He can hold the ball up and bring others into play, he just looks short of confidence.
21 Posted 04/02/2017 at 11:02:55
A bit of encouragement helps more than slagging him off look what has happened with Joel lately!!
Not every player can be a superstar but if Rom gets injured we will be glad to have Kone around.
22 Posted 04/02/2017 at 12:39:59
After the injury he was never the same player. However, in and around the time of the hat-trick, I thought he played quite well. He linked up well and played with some intellect.
He looks slower every game though and without the pace, he's not got much else in his locker. Nethertheless he keeps his head down, works hard, and keeps smiling. You can't criticise a player for giving his all, having a good attitude and ultimately just not being good enough.
23 Posted 05/02/2017 at 09:24:53
As a footballer, most agree works hard scored a few goal (not enough though) been injured and is getting old.
The summer Bobby Martinez signed him we sold Victor Anichebe for £6m and signed Kone for a similar amount roughly. He's definatley scored more goals than Anchebe would have!
25 Posted 14/02/2017 at 17:58:57
We should give Kone a free transfer just on principle to show that we have a least some minimum standards. Otherwise who wouldn't we give a place too? Niasse? He is already playing for Hull better than ever did for us! Jo? Someone drawn at random from Gwladys Street?