Deployable as both a striker and winger, Salomon Kalou's versatility will make him a useful player for Ivory Coast at the World Cup. His hard work on and off the ball to make space for himself and his teammates makes him a leading candidate for both Assist Betting and Goalscorer bets.
Kalou's football journey began with his local side Mimosas before he made the move to Dutch Serie A side Feyenoord in 2003. 35 goals in 67 league appearances for the Rotterdam club soon got Kalou noticed and Premier League club Chelsea swooped with a £9 million transfer in 2006.
Along with fellow countryman Didier Drogba, Kalou quickly made a name for himself at Stamford Bridge and was a particular favourite of manager Jose Mourinho. In his six year spell at the London club, he amassed 36 goals from 156 appearances and helped Chelsea to four FA Cup titles, one Premier League title, one League Cup title, an FA Community Shield and was part of the 2011-12 Champions League winning squad.
After six successful seasons with Chelsea, Kalou left on a free transfer to join French Ligue 1 side Lille where he still holds down a regular starting place and has scored 34 goals in 77 games.
With such a glittering club career, it's no surprise that Salomon Kalou quickly became an integral part of the Ivory Coast team. He made his first appearance for his country in 2007, has gone on to feature on 64 occasions and has scored 23 times for Ivory Coast.
Salomon Kalou 2014 World Cup Betting Tips
With both Didier Drogba and Wilfried Bony likely to be deployed in a more central role, Salomon Kalou could be pushed out wide and therefore may be worthy of consideration for any Assist Betting markets during the World Cup. However, the former Chelsea man does have a knack of taking any chances which come his way and with just two goals less than Drogba in World Cup qualifiers and 2013/14 Friendlies, he could be a lively outsider in the Ivory Coast Top Scorer market.