Franco hails Kone partnership

Wigan's Arouna Kone
Wigan's Arouna Kone
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FRANCO di Santo admits he’s enjoying his fledgling partnership with Arouna Kone – and insists there’s plenty more to come.

The Argentine was Wigan’s top goalscorer last season with seven, having mostly led the line on his own.

But the summer signing of Kone from Levante means Latics have the option of a two-pronged strikeforce.And the pair have responded with six goals between them – three apiece – in Wigan’s first seven games of the campaign. “We have developed a good partnership so far, even though we have not been team-mates for long,” Di Santo said.

“That is good for me and it is good for Arouna, because it’s always good when you can play alongside another player as well as by yourself.

“It is clear that our play compliments each other. When one of us gets the ball, the other is already starting their run because we know what’s going to happen.

“You saw that with the second goal against Everton last week. He did well down the wing and his first thought was to look up and play me in.

“It also helps the team, because when your strikers are in a good moment together it can only help performances and results.”

Kone’s arrival has seen Di Santo released into more of a free role just off the front-man - which more than suits the former Chelsea man.

“Arouna has been playing mostly as the central striker, up against the two central defenders, which has allowed me to float around where I want, in search of space,” he added.

“In that sense my role has been a little bit different, because I have played for most of my Wigan career as the lone frontman.

“But I am equally happy playing either role - whether it’s on my own or as part of a partnership - as long as it is good for the team.

“All we can do is work hard and try to stay focused on the job in hand.”

Not that the pair’s thirst for scoring is in danger of overshadowing the overall goals of the team.

“Every time we find the net we know it helping the team as well as ourselves, and at the end of the day it is all about the team,” Di Santo recognised.

“Scoring goals is great, but if we have the chance to play the ball to a team-mate in a better position, of course we will do that.”