VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 26: Arouna Kone of Levante UD looks on during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Sociedad at Ciutat de Valencia on October 26, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. Levante won 3-2. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
When Levante excercised their option to buy on former Sevilla striker Arouna Kona, many believed that the Cameroonian would quickly be on his way out of the club. Kone was a big part of the reason why Levante finished a surprising sixth in La Liga last season, scoring a career high 17 goals.
Kone has not really played consistent football since 2006-2007, which would probably explain the amount of goals he's scored since then (19). His play for Levante was quite good, but I'm not really sure what the value is for a striker that doesn't score goals. We have one of those already and he's 19 years old, not 28 like Kone.
Blogs are linking Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Sunderland, and several other Premier League clubs with a move for Kona, but no one has taken the time to quote a price. I don't like this move in the least. Tottenham need to be signing proven goal scorers not inconsistent contributors with very little track record at the highest levels of football.
I suppose at a certain point Tottenham Hotspur just need to sign a striker, but Kone doesn't seem to be the right fit for a team chasing Champions League football. I suppose at the right price £5 million or less Kone would be a good purchase for depth, but nothing more.