This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Cenk Tosun cost Everton £20.25m (per Transfermarkt) when he moved from Besiktas in January 2018 and was meant to be the solution Everton needed having sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United just six months earlier. Indeed, upon his arrival, he even spoke of how he wanted to replace the former Chelsea marksman, telling the Guardian: “I think I can do it. Lukaku did really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well.’
The Belgian marksman was a revelation for the Toffees during his time at Goodison Park, notching 87 goals and 29 assists in 166 appearances (via Transfermarkt), so naturally, when he departed for a fresh challenge at Old Trafford, he was missed.
Tosun had been banging goals in for fun in his Turkish homeland prior to his switch to England. The 28-year-old had found the net over 100 times for Besiktas and Gaziantepspor between the years of 2011-2018, thus earning himself a reputation as one of the Super Lig’s deadliest frontmen.
Still, a nine-goal haul from 45 appearances just isn’t good enough for a Premier League striker who had big boots to fill, and while there may still be time for Tosun to resurrect his career in the north-west if handed an opportunity by manager Marco Silva, so far it is safe to say that the Turkey international has come unstuck with the Toffees.
In fact, even since he arrived in England, the player hasn’t averaged more than 1.5 shots per game in the Premier League for his side. During his last season in domestic competition for Besiktas, he was averaging 3.2 and 2.5 in the Champions League.
Transfermarkt now value Tosun at £13.5m – £6.5m less than what Everton paid for his services, proving his status as a dud.
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