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Allardyce cools Koné talk

| Friday, 22 December 2017  14 Comments  [Jump to last]

Sam Allardyce has played down media speculation linking Everton with one of his former players, Lamine Koné.

The defender made a big impact at Sunderland the start of the 2015-16 season and was later courted by Everton to the point that he go as far as visiting Finch Farm but a move never materialised.

Koné remained with the Black Cats and, under Allardyce, went on to score against the Blues in the fixture that confirmed that club's Premier League status at the end of that season but his form suffered in the following campaign as Sunderland eventually succumbed to relegation.

It's that slump in performances that is what concerns Allardyce and would give him pause before attempting to reunite with the Ivorian centre-half.

“There's no truth in it at the moment,” the manager said when asked about the links with Kone in his pre-match press conference. “He was one of the outstanding defenders that produced a remarkable run of performance when he first arrived at Sunderland to that club stay in the Premier League.

“Since then, I'm not quire sure what's happened to his career but it's obviously slipped way down from when he performed with me.

“That puts a doubt about his ability he can sustain that level of performance so I'm not sure whether I'd be interested or not to be perfectly honest.

“But I found him not only to be a fantastic footballer and a fantastic lad when he was playing for me during that period of time.”

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 22/12/2017 at 18:07:24
He's no Tyias Browning.
Derek Knox
2 Posted 22/12/2017 at 18:26:56
I was never that impressed with him when I have seen him play, but regular observers reckon he was mainly responsible for keeping them up, the season before last.

I like the sound of the Lille player Sourouaro, who mainly operates at Left Back/Centre Back, but can play anywhere in the defence with ease. Due to financial impositions the Club apparently have to raise £25M pretty smartish so could let him go for around £20M.

Kenny Smith
3 Posted 22/12/2017 at 19:21:08
Good... cos he's absolutely gash!!!
Charlie Lloyd
4 Posted 22/12/2017 at 20:44:08
A player I really don't want.

Since being linked 18 months ago, I've watched quite a bit of him and I am not impressed at all.

Tyias Browning is at Sunderland is no long-term prospect in my opinion but I'd much rather have him, who is playing ahead of Kone, at centre-back.

I am happy that Big Sam appears to want to look elsewhere.

Ajay Gopal
5 Posted 23/12/2017 at 05:30:38
We have Browning, Pennington and Galloway – all central defenders – out on loan. I am sure that Keane under Allardyce will improve.

Not sure that we will see Funes Mori back again. Luis from Chelsea is unsettled and could be tempted for a loan spell, and then we can see where we go from there.

Tony Everan
6 Posted 23/12/2017 at 10:20:02
He done well for a short spell at Sunderland a couple of years ago and then downed tools.

He is probably upset he didn't get the move last time and his game has suffered.

His attitude and commitment have to be questioned now, I would swerve this one and find better options.

Trevor Lynes
7 Posted 23/12/2017 at 10:58:17
Problem with our board is the fact that, now we seem to be recovering, they will not remedy the faults in the side during the coming transfer window. Before this latest run of better defending, despite playing pretty poorly, the obvious gaps in the squad will probably be glossed over knowing this board.

Sam has come to help us survive and, whilst that is not enough for most supporters, this boardroom will hang on to their money unless we sell Barkley and others first.

We are a very small-minded club with pretty low expectations; that is why we continually sell off all our best players whilst the top six clubs hang on to their best players and only let them go when they are surplus.

We've been Man Utd's dumping ground for the past few seasons and that is disgraceful for a club of our stature.

Darren Murphy
8 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:16:01
No thanks – he's shite, Nzonzi isn't coming because we have 500 midfielders and Celtic according to the Express want to sell Dembele... if only.
Oliver Brunel
9 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:24:50
Another guy stealing a living in Football. Do we really want another Lescott type tools downer when he doesn't get his way. We don't need any more of these...
Jay Wood

10 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:44:50
Oliver, that's a ridiculous comparison, Kone to Lescott.

Lescott was superb for Everton over 3 seasons.

He played one rank game in all that time, when Moyes foolishly insisted on playing Lescott with a muddled head when Man City and Mark Hughes doggedly pursued him though the summer of 2009.

The result was the stuff of nightmares: a 6-1 home trouncing by Arsenal on the opening day of the season. You don't lose like that because one player (allegedly) 'downed tools'.

That was Joleon's last game for Everton. The inevitable transfer to City followed shortly afterwards.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:52:29
Yes Jay, We could do with a 25-year-old Lescott at the moment. Physically strong, committed, good in the air, chips in with a goal and fearless. Here's hoping.
David Currie
12 Posted 27/12/2017 at 00:33:55
No thx, he's fucking shit.
Paul Kossoff
13 Posted 30/12/2017 at 20:25:35
Sam, can we have some attacking players please, you don't seem to like them too much though!
Paul Kossoff
14 Posted 30/12/2017 at 20:26:17
Scuse me Sam, but we have already been stung on one carthorse, Williams! We don't want another!

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