Move over Moses, Kone the Ivorian tank has arrived at Wigan
21:10 GMT, 26 August 2012
Arouna Kone: built to last
Arouna Kone proved on Saturday there can be life after Victor Moses for Wigan. The Ivorian scored on his full debut as Roberto Martinez saw his side get their season up and running with a 2-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's. SAMI MOKBEL runs the rule over Kone.
At 6ft and built like a tank, Kone has the attributes to cope with the physical demands. He singlehandedly kept Southampton centre backs Jos Hooiveld and Jose Fonte occupied for 90 minutes.
Quick! He caused the entire Saints rearguard problems and once he got away for Wigan's second there was no catching him.
Kone worked Saints' back four well, cropping up in different areas of the attacking third.
Took his 88th minute strike with unerring accuracy, drilled in low to Kelvin Davis's right.
'He holds the ball up well and sees a pass,' said Martinez.
He certainly does. The way he protected the ball before bringing midfield runners into play was excellent against Nigel Adkins's side.
Impressive: Kone seals Wigan win