He might be one of the triumvirate of players brought to Goodison Park from Wigan, but there will be no favouritism shown towards any of his former players at the DW stadium by Everton’s new boss. And Arouna Kone has been warned that his starting position is by no means guaranteed.
The Ivory coast striker has worked hard to get to the top level. The 29-year-old was born in Anyama, a suburb of capital city Abidjan. He began his career with Rio Sport d’Anyama. At the age of 18 he moved to Belgian side Lierse S.K. His season there was a fruitful one, finishing as the club’s top scorer, a contribution that aided a fifth-place league finish.
His clear ability didn’t go unnoticed and the following season he secured a move to Dutch side Roda JC, hitting double figures in two impressive seasons with the club. In 2005 he moved again and this time to PSV Eindhoven. He scored 11 goals in his first season there and played in the 2005-06 Champion’s League.
Despite interest from Middlesbrough, he moved to Sevilla in 2007 and remained a Sevilla player until 2012 but he spent a considerable bulk of his time there on loan; at Hannover 96 in 2010 and at Levante in 2012. The stay at Levante became a permanent one although he moved shortly afterwards to Wigan Athletic in August 2012 for a reported fee of €3.5million.
11 goals in 33 appearances for the Latics, aswell as an FA Cup Winners Medal saw him become a fans favourite despite the clubs relegation and a favourite of Martinez. However he will be shown no favourtism by Martinez at Everton, who said: “When I bring a player into the squad, it is to fight for the position. I want to see them competing for places and I want football to make the decision. I don’t want it to be a case of, ‘I’m bringing a player in, so he is the one that is going to start’.
“We are strong in that department and that position is still open for Saturday. Jela can score a goal out of nothing and the sharpness in his movement in the box is something that you want the young players to watch and learn from.
“Arouna is more of a powerful player who has a real ability to bring players into play and is someone who combines really well his movement, his touch and his power.
“We saw Victor playing against Juventus and he was really important in that game. All three are going to be vital.”