After struggling to find the back of the net with Dominic Calvert-Lewin spearheading the attack, Everton moved into the transfer market to secure the signature of Cenk Tosun on January 5th 2018.
The transfer was rather controversially confirmed on the club’s official website midway through Everton’s 3rd round FA Cup clash with Liverpool at Anfield, but events taking place away from the field were unable to dictate the result as the Toffees crashed out following a 2-1 defeat.
Tosun’s arrival sparked an influx of tweets from Turkish supporters who flocked to wish their compatriot good luck for his future in the Premier League, while the Everton supporters expressed their delight over the deal…
— Atsrim Sitso Philip (@OfficialSitso) January 5, 2018
We've got a diamond called Cenk Tosun
— Nick Clark (@ToffeeClark) January 5, 2018
— Anushaath (@Anushaath) January 5, 2018
Welcome to Everton Cenk hope you become a legend !!
— Kevin_K (@KevinK_EFC1878) January 6, 2018
Looks like a class act. Looking forward to his debut.
— ShithouseJack (@YerryMinaDaGod) January 6, 2018
Welcome Cenk cant wait to see you play
— Jake (@Jake_1878) January 6, 2018
You will be new legend of Everton. We believe…
— 266 Production (@266production) January 6, 2018
— We’re Everton FC (@WereEvertonFC) January 6, 2018
Fast forward almost one year and it’s fair to say that Tosun hasn’t quite managed to live up to expectation at Everton.
Sporadic flashes of footballing intelligence and inventive link-up play have hinted at a bright future for the Turkey international, but a return of just 6 goals from 24 appearances is well below what the fans were expecting from a player who cost £27 million.
Tosun has fallen out of favour under Marco Silva in recent weeks, and with Richarlison hinting that he could be destined for a future role at centre-forward it’s a concerning time for the January acquisition.
To label Tosun as a flop at this stage would be grossly unjust as he has demonstrated a natural ability to arrive in the right place at the right time, but there are certainly questions to be asked regarding his compatibility with Silva’s free-flowing philosophy.
Whilst there are plenty more strings to Tosun’s bow beyond his goal-scoring ability, ultimately, strikers are judged almost exclusively on goals, and unless he discovers a clinical touch in the coming months then he will almost certainly be branded as a flop by the supporters.
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