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Tosun Can Become Premier League’s Next Elite Striker

 • by Sam McGuire
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Everton look to have finally filled the void left by Romelu Lukaku‘s departure to Manchester United during the summer transfer window. Sam Allardyce has made his first signing as Toffees boss, sanctioning a £27million deal to bring Cenk Tosun to the club.

The 26-year-old Turkish forward arrives with a lot of responsibility placed on his shoulders. Everton are averaging just 1.1 goals per game in the Premier League and have scored two or more in a league game in the top flight on just seven occasions this term.

If their current form continued for the entire season, they’d finish with 41 goals. For added context, only five teams scored fewer than that during the 2016/17 campaign. It’s safe to say Tosun will want to make an immediate impact, and his manager expects him to do just that.

Allardyce was quick to praise his new signing, claiming he was “the best in Europe” at that price.

“He is two-footed, perhaps not the biggest but he’s very efficient in the air and in the box he gets good space to get his head on the ball,” said the former England manager.

“We looked at the qualities of the player, his talent and goalscoring, and his resilience, too. I do not think you can look any more than we have done.”

With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at how the prolific Turkish forward compares to some of the best strikers in the Premier League and whether he could be the man to fire the Toffees up the table.


For a fairer look at Tosun, we’ve taken a look at his stats from the start of 2016/17, meaning the numbers above are from over a period of 18 months – it takes into account dips in form and gives you a better understanding of whether such form is sustainable. We did the same thing for Lukaku, Harry Kane and Sergio Agüero.

When looking at the graphic, the 26-year-old doesn’t appear out of place at all.

Of course, the Turkish league isn’t as good as the Premier League in terms of quality, but Tosun’s numbers shouldn’t be overlooked because of that. He’s averaging more goals than Lukaku per 90 minutes and is involved a goal more often than the man he replaced at Goodison Park.

However, he does fall short in terms of how many aerial duels he wins. It would be premature to judge him on that until he’s played in an Allardyce side for a sustained period, it could well be on the lower side because Beşiktaş kept the ball on the ground. After all, they are one of the better clubs in the division.

Football Whispers‘ very own Ryan Baldi had a detailed look at the forward when he was initially linked with a move to Merseyside and noted something interesting in terms of his stats:

“It is when in front of goal, however, that Tosun shows his true value. His smart and intricate movement behind the opposition’s backline is a dream for creative midfielders, and he is expert at finishing the chances presented to him, returning a 21.5 percent conversion rate last term (comparable to the 22 per cent Lukaku averaged for Everton last season).”

In such a volatile market, the £27million Allardyce spent on Tosun could soon look to be a bargain if he manages adapt to the rigours of the Premier League and other clubs – specifically West Ham United – could be kicking themselves for not acting quicker and stealing a march on the Toffees.

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