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Everton Move Has Come Tosun For Cenk

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Before Cenk Tosun had made his Everton debut Sam Allardyce was attempting to quell expectations.

Having signed from Beşiktaş in January for £28million, the Everton forward was expected to hit the ground running by many. Not his boss though.

“It is not easy at all, it might not work. It is a massive problem in terms of you are hoping rather than being guaranteed he hits the ground running,” the Toffees boss said upon the striker’s arrival.

“When you look at the number of players who have been brought into this country from abroad – even in the summer – and not worked, particularly up front, it is a risk.”

Tosun would have hoped for a more encouraging endorsement from his new boss, but there was more than an element of doubt even at that stage. It’s become clear since then Allardyce doesn’t trust him.

He’s only got two starts in an Everton shirt so far, against Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion.

With Oumar Niasse preferred against Crystal Palace the Turkish forward was left on the bench. Speaking after a 3-1 win in which Niasse scored, Allardyce said: “When it is chucking it down with rain, it is not that he is not used to it, he is, but it’s freezing.

“There is no doubting his goal-scoring ability but you have to have the capabilities to get in those positions to score those goals and that is the hard bit.

“It is not unusual to see a centre-forward struggle when they first come we have seen many, many over the years do that.

“We have got to try and be patient and because the team is winning without him we can be patient at the moment.”

So is Tosun underperforming or is Allardyce overreacting?

Looking at the statistics from his limited minutes it doesn’t make great reading for the Toffees’ big-money buy.

He is yet to score, like fellow forward arrival Sandro Ramírez who left the club on loan in January after his summer arrival from Málaga.

Tosun is also yet to have a shot on target, or an assist or complete a dribble successfully. It’s not great reading for the Turkish forward.

There is a glimmer of hope that he’s averaging more key passes per 90 minutes with the Merseysiders than he did earlier this season with Beşiktaş.

However, he is taking considerably fewer shots, down from four per 90 to 1.9, below Niasse and Sandro.

Even before he arrived in the Premier League, Tosun’s numbers trailed those of former Hull City loanee Niasse. He’s got worse since then and Allardyce can’t justify picking him at the moment.

The former England boss may be right; he can’t risk giving him a chance until the Toffees know they’re mathematically safe.

Time will tell, but Premier League history suggests January arrivals in the striking department don’t necessarily come good in the long term – just look at Fernando Torres at Chelsea and Kostas Mitroglou at Fulham.

Everton will hope Tosun proves his doubters wrong, and isn’t the latest in an ever-expanding catalogue of recruitment errors. He’s got a lot of work to do though.

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