Cenk Tosun an Everton bust already?

12th Feb 2018

It can hardly be denied that Everton have struggled for goals this season. Veteran forward Wayne Rooney is by far their leading scorer this term with ten EPL goals, but he has now failed to find the net since December 18th last year. Oumar Niasse is the club's next highest goalscorer, but the Senegalese player is more likely to be found on the bench at Goodison Park than in the starting line up.

Sam Allardyce seemed to make a significant stride towards upping the Toffees' net-bulging capabilities in signing Turkish international Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for a reported £27 million fee, and on a four-and-a-half deal. However, to say that Tosun has failed to light up the Everton side in the first five-and-a-bit weeks of his employment would be something of an under-statement.

German-born Tosun made his debut for Everton in the 4-0 defeat by Tottenham on January 18th, lasting just over an hour before being replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He lasted sixty-nine minutes in his next game against West Brom, and had twelve minutes as a sub for Niasse in the embarrassing 5-1 rout by Arsenal. That's 143 minutes, zero goals and very little impact.

Now Allardyce has told Tosun that he must up his fitness levels and adjust to the pace of the English game before he can be considered for a place in the Starting XI. Some Everton fans though are already calling Tosun 'a bust' and feel that the Toffees may have wasted a large amount of cash on a not-terribly-effective player.

No doubt Tosun will be given his chance at Goodison Park again, but at the moment it seems that the Turk could be joining the legion of historic flops at Everton, which already boasts the 'talents' of Francis Jeffers, Per Kroldrup and Ramiro Funes Mori.

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