Everton had a very busy summer, recruiting players in almost every position across the pitch.
They bolstered their defence significantly, as well as their wide men, and brought in central midfielders to increase their solidity. However, one place where they failed to effectively add to their squad was up front. Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin remain the preferred strikers under manager Marco Silva.
The 27-year-old Turkey international signed for The Toffees in January, as the club were struggling in that department. He made a relatively good start in the Premier League, managing five goals in 12 starts for the club. This season he has had an average start to his campaign, only managing one goal in five starts.
In order for him to take his game to the next level, he must look at other players in the league that have been successful, and there’s no better player to look at than Glenn Murray.
Both Murray and Tosun are cut from the same cloth in terms of their footballing ability. Neither are particularly swift or skillfull, but are both imposing figures at the end of the pitch with a natural eye for a goal. The 35-year-old Murray, who stands at 6ft 2, shows no signs of diminishing as a player and is as effective as he’s always been. That is because he is an instinctive player that knows where to be in order to find the back of the net and is physically a battle for any defender.
The Brighton striker has scored 27 Premier League goals, including 12 last season and four already this campaign. In fact, as of the beginning of September, only Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero had scored more home goals than Murray in the Premier League. That is an indication of how effective he has been, despite being in a struggling team.
In an age where players seem to be getting faster and stronger, Murray shows that brains and brawn still go a long way and that is why Tosun should definitely learn from his example.
With the likes of Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Bernard and Ademola Lookman outside him, Tosun has the ability to become an indomitable force in the opposition’s box as these players feed him throughout the season. He’s been given a particular skill set, and must use it effectively if Everton are going to have a successful season.
Murray is perhaps too old for a club like Everton to make a move for him, but there is no reason why they don’t learn from him. If they do, expect Tosun to have a very successful spell at Goodison Park.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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