Everton’s centre-forward conundrum is one of the most pressing issues for Marco Silva at this moment in time, and his recent decision-making hints that Cenk Tosun might be wise to embark on a January loan move to acquire regular first-team football.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison may well be in the developmental years of their respective careers but Silva seems to back the pairing more than the markedly more experienced Tosun.
The Turkey international arrived in January in a £27 million deal and his performances in English football have left plenty to be desired. Sam Allardyce was the man who brought him to the club and Silva’s selection policy hints that he does not shame his predecessor’s enthusiasm for the centre-forward.
Calvert-Lewin was once again preferred in attack against Leicester City on New Year’s Day, with Tosun having to make do with a 20 minute cameo appearance, and his credentials were questioned in the aftermath of proceedings by Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness.
“I don’t think Tosun is value for money at this present time. When you sign someone coming from outside the UK or England, he’ll take a bit of time to adjust to the game and then we’ll have a look at him.
“He’s been here a year now so he’s had a chance to look and see what’s needed and I think he’s coming up short.”
While Tosun has been underwhelming since arriving at Everton, particularly under Silva’s tutelage, it must be considered that his task has been made markedly more difficult by his stop-start season.
Without a regular run of games in the side it’s incredibly difficult for a striker to make their mark on the side and Tosun is paying the ultimate price for failing to impress in his cameo appearances.
Now that the January window is open for business once again, Tosun would be wise to consider his long-term options and perhaps force a short-term loan move to kick-start his stuttering career.
Whether Silva would be willing to allow him to leave temporarily remains to be seen, but based on his lack of game time it seems a loan deal would be in the best interests of all parties concerned.
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