Everton boss Martinez: More to Traore than being target-man

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says there's more to Lacina Traore's game than being a target man.

Traore has joined Everton on-loan from AS Monaco.

Martinez said: “You can see with Lacina’s height – he is an inch taller than Peter Crouch – that he is a unique footballer. But his size may give you the wrong impression of the way he is.

“Technically he is very gifted, he doesn’t play just as a normal target man and he gives you a different dimension up front. He is very quick and is a real athlete.

“Those aspects make him a little different and he is a footballer who will bring us a lot."

He added: “He’s got great awareness of what’s around him and a very clinical eye. In the Russian League he had a goal ratio of one every two games and that shows he is a natural goalscorer.

“He is coming back from Russia after a period with a few injuries and he wants to get back showing a real desire of what he can do.

“Now we just need to be a little bit patient to make sure he is fully fit.”

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