Everton supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their team record a second successive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their trip to Leicester City off the back of beating Fulham 3-0 in their previous league clash, although they did lose to Southampton in the third round of the Carabao Cup a few days later. Nonetheless, the Toffees kept their encouraging league form going with a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, with goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson either side of a Ricardo Pereira equaliser sealing all three points for the Merseysiders.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter in recent times to comment on the speculation linking Cenk Tosun with a move away in January, with many happy for the striker to leave.
Yet given his efforts last season for the club, alongside their distinct lack of out-and-out strikers and the difficulty in bringing a top-quality forward in during the January window, letting the £20.7 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) go could prove to be a big mistake.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old was drafted in by former boss Sam Allardyce back in January of this year in a bid to solve their goal-scoring woes at Goodison Park, and while Tosun took some time to get going, get going he did with five goals in 14 Premier League appearances for the Toffees.
And with four of those goals coming in three matches against Burnley, Brighton, and Stoke City, the striker appears to very much be a confidence player in that one goal could pave the way for a rich vein of form – he bagged against Fulham at the end of September, but hasn’t since had much of a chance to build upon that.
Yes, Richarlison’s efforts as a number nine against Leicester suggest that Silva may have stumbled upon something brilliant, but only time will tell whether the Brazil international is able to continue producing the goods there – thus, retaining Tosun for the season is vital.
Add in the distinct lack of other options in that area of the field, with Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin hardly out-and-out goal-scorers themselves, and the Turkey international appears to be the best striker at Goodison Park.
Significantly though, letting Tosun go would pile the pressure on Silva to bring in a replacement, and January has proven to be a notoriously difficult time to bring in top-quality players, alongside the fact that a premium is usually paid given the time of year and desperation of the buying club.
Yes, there have been some very shrewd January deals in the past, but on the whole it is a very tricky month to get good business done, so at least sticking with what one already has, alongside possibly trying to bring someone in, means that Silva won’t be short of striking options in the second half of the season.
Thus, while Tosun does appear to be struggling for form and confidence at present, those Everton fans unfazed by his possible January departure are wrong, as it could turn out to be a big mistake.
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