Everton continued their strong start to the new Premier League season with a dominant 3-0 win over Sunderland on Monday night at the Stadium of Light.
A dominant second-half performance by the Merseysiders saw Romelu Lukaku net a quick-fire hat-trick and ensure the Toffees now have ten points from their first four games.
— Scott Wilson (@Scottwilsonecho) September 10, 2016
An interesting subplot to the Premier League clash saw ex-Everton manager David Moyes face his former club, while the presence of Lamine Kone in the home starting XI was also fitting.
Ronald Koeman’s men reportedly made a number of attempts to sign the Ivory Coast international over the course of the summer transfer window, but the Wearsiders fought to keep the African battler in the North East.
Kone struggled to contain the impressive Lukaku in the game and the fixture gave the visiting support a chance to assess their summer transfer target.
With Everton landing Ashley Williams for a fee less than that touted for the Sunderland man, most of the Toffees fans on Twitter were glad that their side missed out on the Ivorian.
Here are the best tweets.
Wish we’d managed to sign Lamine Kone. He’s been absolutely brilliant so far #EFC
— Matt Jones (@MattJFootball) September 12, 2016
Tell you what though Lamine Kone would be one hell of a signing ! How is someone so big so quick ah
— Peter Simon (@PeterEFC7) September 13, 2016
@Everton Don’t go back in for that Kone fella
— Mike Hunt (@SneakEFC) September 12, 2016
An glad we didn’t get that Kone lmao
— Si (@si86efc) September 12, 2016
not sure which was the bigger bullet that #EFC dodged, Kone or Sissoko
— Alex Wilson (@Willow_9494) September 12, 2016
— Paul (@paulw4ke) September 12, 2016
Gutted we could not sort a deal out for that Sunderland defender Kone. I think he’s pulled his blood cells trying to mark Lukaku. #EFC.
— PF (@PeterFearns) September 12, 2016
Williams > Kone. Bolasie > Sissoko #efc
— Rob Hillock (@Hilloquis) September 12, 2016
Glad we never signed Kone
— Stu (@StuartEFC) September 12, 2016
Really obvious why Koeman wanted Kone. #EFC
— Portland ⭐️ Eric (@PortlandEric11) September 12, 2016
Can see why we wanted Kone. Lukaku is making him look like Cannavaro #efc
— karlconnor (@thekarlconnor) September 12, 2016
You can see why Koeman wants Kone #EFC
— Lee (@LAS1878) September 12, 2016
Thank god we didn't sign Lamine Kone on tonight's evidence! Shocking
— Ben (@benbluenose79) September 12, 2016