Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their side’s clash with Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, as the Toffees eye home comforts after seeing their disastrous away form continue in recent weeks.
Sam Allardyce’s men have suffered back-to-back defeats on the road at the hands of Watford and Burnley in their last two league encounters, results which have kept the fear of relegation very much lingering among our resident Toffees fans. Yet the Merseysiders will hope that their fine home form, in which they have won eight of 14 games at Goodison Park in the league this season, will continue when Chris Hughton’s Seagulls visit on Saturday, fresh from the Brighton boss winning the division’s Manager of the Month award.
Subsequently, many Evertonians in the Tavern are relishing this weekend’s clash, as another home win could take them up to ninth place in the Premier League table, and potentially ten points clear of the bottom three.
And several of our resident Everton fans have been discussing who should start against Brighton this weekend, and many feel that striker Cenk Tosun, who has endured a tricky start to life in English football, deserves to retain his place in the starting eleven.
Ultimately, the Turkey international hasn’t quite hit the expected heights following his £27 million move from Besiktas during the January transfer window, having started just two Premier League games prior to last week’s trip to Burnley.
And with murmurings that the 26-year-old may seek a Besiktas return in the summer, alongside comments from Allardyce that he is unlikely to play again until safety is assured, it really wasn’t looking good for Tosun, until he produced a fine effort leading the line for the club last weekend.
The Turkish star bagged his first Everton goal in the defeat to Sean Dyche’s Clarets with a fine header, and did a pretty good job of leading the line and causing the Burnley backline some problems, before he was replaced after 68 minutes.
Ultimately though, scoring his first goal for the Toffees is sure to increase Tosun’s confidence ten-fold, and in a side that has struggled in the final third of the pitch this season, that will surely be invaluable against a Brighton team that have conceded the fewest of any side in the bottom 13 of the division.
And while Allardyce may be tempted to manage Tosun’s workload and further ease him into the rigours of the Premier League, the 26-year-old ace will likely go into this weekend’s game in a completely different mindset having scored his first goal for the club.
As such, the former England chief must resist temptation to tweak things, and instead keep faith with the Turkey international against the in-form Seagulls.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!