Everton and Crystal Palace could both have been accused of being goal shy last season.
Therefore, both clubs needed to find a way to remedy that. Everton looked to striker Cenk Tosun in January, while Palace looked to Jordan Ayew over the summer.
Both are strikers with a lot of hope pinned on them, so let’s compare these two transfers…
Turkey international Cenk Tosun signed for Everton from Beşiktaş in January this year when the club were struggling in front of goal and were desperately needing a finisher.
His fee of £27m was quite sizeable and naturally this put a fair amount of pressure on him to perform. He had an indifferent first few months at Goodison Park, scoring five Premier League in 14 appearances, but fans thought that he would come good this season.
So far this term, the Turk hasn’t yet hit his straps, managing one goal in eight appearances in the league. This has left fans and manager Marco Silva waiting for the player to start delivering. He has been dropped to the bench for the past three league games, and he may struggle to earn his starting place back.
At the age of 27 as well, it is not exactly like Everton have bought a star for the future; they should expect him to be performing straight away. So far, this has not been the greatest transfer.
TT Grade C
Crystal Palace signed Ghana international Jordan Ayew on loan from Swansea over the summer, in the hope that he could ease the pressure on underperforming Christian Benteke.
The 27-year-old was one of the shining lights for The Swans as they got relegated last season, winning the Players’ Player of the Season.
However, he has not yet been able to replicate that kind of form in red and blue. The striker is yet to find the back of the new in five league appearances for The Eagles so far, as the club seem heavily reliant on Wilfried Zaha for goals.
However, there is still a chance that the player may come good as the season goes on, and even if he doesn’t, the club haven’t exactly wasted any money on them.
TT Grade B-
This battle between these two strikers is quite close, but not in a good way. It is hard to determine which one has been worse business for their club.
Usually, the fact that a player is only a loan inhibits their chance of winning a transfer battle, but in this case, Crystal Palace can deem themselves lucky that they have not had to pay for Ayew whilst Everton had to fork £27m.
But the main factor which determines the winner of this battle is that, while Ayew has struggled so far this term, he has proven credentials in the Premier League with Swansea, whereas Tosun doesn’t. It is that factor which means he wins this battle.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!