Wigan striker Kone: I can score wherever in the world I play

The Ivorian striker says that he has the self-belief to "find goals" in whichever league he plays, also revealing his dislike for setting targets in order to succeed
Wigan forward Arouna Kone believes that he is good enough to score goals "wherever in the world" that he plays.

The Ivorian marksman joined the Latics in the summer after a varied career in which he has plied his trade in six different countries and, with the 29-year-old proving a goalscoring success wherever he has gone, he argues that he possesses enough quality to keep delivering regardless of the surrounding environment.

Kone also explained his situation at Levante, when, after reaching 15 goals, he had to stop short of scoring 18 to prevent a contract clause that would have forced a return to Sevilla.

"I became injured towards the end of the season so it didn't matter anyway, because I missed a few games," the striker told The Guardian.

15/2 Arouna Kone is 15/2 with Bet365 to score two or more goals in Wigan v Reading
"But yes, it is possible to score too often, and wherever in the world I play I am confident I can find goals."

The Ivorian's record attracted interest from a host of European clubs in the summer but Kone insists that the DW Stadium was always going to be his destination of choice, adding: "There were whispers about other clubs being interested but I think a lot of it was just rumours and echoes, whereas I always knew Wigan's interest was firm.

"[Roberto] Martinez made it clear he would like to sign me two or three years ago and stuck to his word.

"Wigan may not be the biggest club in the Premier League but their offer was the most concrete and I was happy to follow my destiny and come to play in England."

"Martinez made it clear he would like to sign me two or three years ago. Wigan may not be the biggest club but their offer was the most concrete"
- Arouna Kone on Roberto Martinez

Kone also detailed how his troubled childhood inspires him to push himself, noting: "My father died when I was nine years old and my mother and family have spent many years with difficulty.

"Part of the dream of becoming a professional footballer was to be in a position to help support them, and being able to do so makes me very proud.

"Going back home to play for the Ivory Coast makes me very proud too. Representing my country is the greatest honour of all because the competition for places is just immense.

"To wear the shirt is a sign of success, that you have made a career for yourself, and that's what drives me on."

However, Kone does not believe in setting himself targets, preferring to concentrate on the present and letting the future resolve itself.

"I don't do any of that stuff, it's probably bad luck to wish for this or for that or to set targets for yourself," he declared.

"I am happy doing what I'm doing and I will go where my destiny takes me. Of course I would love to play in the Champions League again; I have great memories of those nights, as anyone would.

"You never know what will happen in the future and the challenge here in the present is quite a different one, but I knew what I signed up for and I want to give it my best shot."