This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player or manager has fared since being signed or let go, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Everton look to have finally started to replace Romelu Lukaku.
With 87 goals in 166 games for the Toffees, the Belgian was a stunning signing. Now, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison appear to have formed a good partnership up front, with them both having scored over 10 Premier League goals already this campaign.
However, despite receiving £75m for Lukaku from Manchester United, the Goodison Park outfit struggled to replace him straightaway. Sandro Ramirez, now on loan at Real Valladolid, has struggled to make any real impression, whilst Cenk Tosun has also failed to really settle.
The 29-year-old Turkey international had been in terrific form for Besiktas in his homeland before making the switch to the Premier League – he scored 28 goals in his last 49 league games, for example – and that persuaded Everton to part with £27m to take him to Merseyside in January 2018.
His time at the club started well, with him scoring five goals in 14 league matches in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign. But that was as good as it got for the former Eintracht Frankfurt man. He managed just four goals in 29 appearances the following campaign, and then just one in eight in the first half of this season.
Does Cenk Tosun have a future at Everton?
He was even loaned out to Crystal Palace where, after one strike in five, disaster struck – he damaged his cruciate ligament, which saw him return to Everton and therefore miss the rest of the season.
All in all, he has scored 10 in 51 matches, with each strike costing the club £2.7m – it is a deal that just hasn’t worked out.
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