Cenk Tosun was seemingly a forgotten man at Goodison Park not so long ago, with the Turkey international only making a handful of cameo appearances before his recent last-minute heroics against Tottenham, but pundit Noel Whelan claims he is working his way back into contention.
Tosun grabbed a dramatic last-minute equaliser at home to Spurs in a 1-1 draw, but before those last gasp antics, he was finding it extremely difficult to get on Marco Silva’s team sheet ahead of summer signing Moise Kean and Richarlison.
Indeed, there is competition for places in the striking role at Everton, but given their recent miss-firing in front of goal, perhaps he could be handed a chance to show his worth.
The 28-year-old had a slow start to life on Merseyside when he first signed in January 2018, but eventually finished his debut season on a high note with an impressive run of form after bagging 4 goals in his final 7 games.
However, his first full season was average at best – scoring just three goals and assisting three others in 25 appearances.
After the Toffees signed Moise Kean in the summer, it could have been assumed Tosun wouldn’t get as many minutes, but ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking to Football Insider, has hinted that he may back in contention.
“What you’re seeing is a change in attitude,” explained the pundit.
“We keep talking about off-the-field, people who aren’t doing it, contract disputes, we’re talking about how you need fight within a side – he’s obviously fighting for his place and that’s great to see.
“It’s refreshing and the manager will reward that hard work and attitude from players. He’s a great player, he’s got the European Championships to look forward to with Turkey, so he’s one of these players you would hope that when he went to Everton, he would shine.
“He’s had a difficult spell, he’s not hit the heights that everyone expected him to but he’s obviously worked hard enough on the training ground and he’s being rewarded for that. He’s a great striker and if you give him the right service, he’ll score goals. It’s his time to shine and to try and take that.”
It’s hard to argue with Whelan’s assessment here, with Tosun’s work rate there for all to see, and if he continues making an impact like he did at home to Spurs, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be considered for future starting places.
Everton, at this moment in time, need a hero – and sometimes heroes come from the most unlikely of places – in this case, a previously forgotten forward who started just 10 games last season.
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