Kone speaks of Everton ‘relief’
Cote d’Ivoire forward Arouna Kone has expressed his desire to make the most of his ‘second chance’ at Goodison Park.
The hitman was signed back in the summer of 2013, but he first season at the club was curtailed by a long-term injury. He only recovered in December 2014, after more than a year on the shelf.
The Ivorian scored against Newcastle United after Christmas and is now looking to repay the club’s faith.
“It is a big relief for me to be back,” Kone said, speaking to Everton TV.
“It has been 13 months that I was out. I am now getting great pleasure out of playing again. I feel that it is a second chance for me. Every second I spend on the training pitch is a moment of joy.
“I am not fully 100 per cent match fit. I am back, but I am not in my full match form. It’s important that I manage my fitness properly and it’s something not to be rushed.”
Kone is aware, however, that Everton need to up their game to improve their league position.
“Of course, it is a very important game. We will go out there with every intention of taking the three points. As a team we have all the qualities. We will have chances in the game and the important thing is to take chances when they come.
“We have to keep a cool head; within the camp the team spirit is always strong and we all work hard together. It is important that we all do the best we can and finish the season with a good climb up the league.”
Kone will be able to help Everton over the coming weeks having not been called-up to represent the Cote d’Ivoire national side at the 2015 Cup of Nations.