Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed striker Arouna Kone for his stellar performance against Sunderland.

Martinez is not just praising Kone, but will be rewarding him with a new contract. The Ivorian striker netted an hat trick that spurred a comeback.

Everton were down by two goals, but they turned it around and won 6-2, bouncing back from losses to Arsenal and United.

And Kone, whose contract was due to expire triggered a clause that has forced an extension with his hat trick.

“Arouna has always had self-belief,” he said after the match. “It’s been as difficult as you are going to get – a new player coming to a new club, then having a career-threatening injury.

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“From that point he was catching up but his attitude and focus never changed. He never chose to blame anyone or anything – all he wanted was an opportunity.

“Against Watford, in difficult circumstances, it was a real turning point for his individual role. From that point on he has been very impressive throughout the season and today was the most impressive complete 90 minutes. Scoring a hat-trick and his overall contribution was strong.”

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