After a very disappointing performance in front of goal in Everton’s 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham earlier this month, Cenk Tosun was dropped in the club’s following league game versus Arsenal.
Overall, it has been a poor start to the season for Tosun, who also had some struggles during the last campaign, which reportedly prompted former side Besiktas to try and re-sign their former centre-forward during the summer.
According to Footmac (via Sport Witness), Besiktas officials flew to England prior to the beginning of the new season to broker a deal that would have seen Tosun return to Vodafone Park having left for Everton back in January.
However, Everton director of football Marcel Brands knocked back the Turkish club’s advances, although the possibility of a move materialising in the future has not been ruled out.
The Toffees, though, must not give up on the £20.7m-rated (via Transfermarkt) 27-year-old so easily, something that should not happen given the manner in which manager Marco Silva has spoken about him in the past.
“In the box he is a fantastic football player,” Silva told Evertontv (via HITC) during the club’s pre-season.
“The capacity he has to score with his right and left foot [is important]. He improved on the other things in his game and did well. He understood better what I want and is improving his game. For a striker, when he scores everything is different and it helps his confidence grow.”
And in this moment of time, confidence appears to be the only thing Tosun is lacking. The Turkey international has still been making good runs and taking up goal-scoring positions.
What is costing him is his finishing and decision making, which looks to be the result of a confidence problem.
The former Besiktas man certainly has the ability having shown signs of his true quality last season and back in Turkey.
Assessing Everton’s squad, it could probably do with another centre-forward. But there is still much to come from Tosun who, simply put, should not be sold by the club just yet.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!