Everton supporters have been pretty despondent in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second successive Premier League defeat last weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with resurgent Arsenal off the back of going down 3-1 at home to West Ham in their previous league meeting, in turn falling to their first defeat under Silva following his appointment in the summer. And his side were unable to bounce back last time out as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a 2-0 success for Unai Emery’s Gunners, thus prompting Everton’s fall to 12th place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are wondering what this afternoon has in store for their side when Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham visit Goodison Park.
And much has been made in recent times of the Toffees’ struggles in the final third of the pitch, and given his barren spell in front of goal recently, it seems as though this afternoon is Cenk Tosun’s biggest game of his Everton career to date.
The Turkey international made the move to Goodison Park during the January transfer window as former boss Sam Allardyce sought to solve his striking problem, and the 27-year-old went some way to doing just that by scoring five goals in just 14 league games for the Toffees.
Thus, there was optimism among supporters that the former Besiktas man may finally be the answer to their issues in the final third, only for £20.7 million-rated Tosun (as per Transfermarkt) to endure a frankly miserable start to the 2018/19 season.
Six Premier League games in, and the 27-year-old has yet to find the back of the net for Silva’s side, to the point that he was actually dropped from the starting eleven against Arsenal last weekend – he simply isn’t doing enough in the main striker’s role.
And it’s not as if he isn’t getting chances to score either, with Tosun missing a couple of guilt-edge opportunities against West Ham the other week – yes, it may not have changed the final result but, as is often said, goals change games.
And that is why, if Silva does given him the nod against the Cottagers this afternoon, Tosun faces his biggest game of his career to date, as the Toffees seriously need to find a solution to their striking problems very soon indeed.
Jokanovic’s Fulham have made a solid start to life back in the Premier League, and while they have looked decent going forward in bagging eight goals in their six games, they have shipped 13 – only Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town (14) have conceded more.
Thus, there are bound to be opportunities for Tosun to get his season up and running, and indeed Everton’s given they have failed to win any of their last four in the league – it may only take one goal, one confidence booster, to get the 27-year-old firing again like he was earlier in the year.
As such, this afternoon is a vitally important game, not just for Silva and Everton, but for striker Tosun as well.
Get it right and find the back of the net, and the striker crisis could be averted for a little while – get it wrong though, and there will be even more questions about Tosun’s capabilities in the Premier League.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!