Cenk Tosun is a hot topic of discussion amongst Evertonians at present. Some say he should get another chance whilst others laugh it off stating he is not good enough.
His sole contribution this season for the Blues was an excellent headed assist for Alex Iwobi against Lincoln. On International duty in midweek he came to life scoring twice.
The first goal was a quality bit of skill and finishing, the second a header after a shot rebounded off the underside of the cross bar. The second was a real poachers effort and showed his natural instinct of getting into the correct positions as a striker should, something Dominic Calvert Lewin doesn’t seem to posess at present.
The first goal was a beautiful dink over the goalkeeper and a composed finish on the volley. We cannot suddenly get carried away and think that the Balon D’or will now be the Turk’s due to two good goals against Moldova. But it shows that he can still score goals at a competitive level.
Let’s take a look at Cenk’s Career so far below
Gaziantepspor 49 goals in 128 appearances Beşiktaş 64 goals in 142 appearances Everton 9 goals in 43 appearances Turkey 15 goals in 40 appearances
Tosun has a decent record in the Turkish League and on the international stage. Whilst his Everton goalscoring stats leave a lot to be desired, 20 out of the 43 apps have been from the bench.
In comparison Dominic Calvert Lewin has 17 goals in 94 games for the club meaning in 51 games extra DCL has only 8 more goals. 40 of DCL’s appearances have come as a substitute.
Cenk Tosun seems to have a good attitude and a determination to succeed at Everton and in the Premier League. Rumours have circulated that he has turned down several offers from Europe to stay and fight for his place at Goodison Park. Not once has a newspaper article appeared with him moaning or slagging the management of for his lack of playing time.
He will certainly be on a good wage given the sizeable price tag he arrived with but I feel that there is a decent footballer with desire running through his blood under the No.14 shirt.
At present I would have Tosun ahead of Lewin and competing with Kean for the centre forward role. Whilst he will not be a striker who will give us 30 goals a season, he could add more goals to the side. The need for a 30 goal striker is not essential if Iwobi and Richarlison keep scoring on a regular basis.
Across the other side of the park Firmino mostly occupies the striker role of the front 3, yet contributes the least amount of goals in the forward line of Salah, Mane and Firmino.
His game is about the work he puts in for the team and assists, whilst also adding a few goals along the way. When Romelu Lukaku was the main man for us, he was the only player scoring a high tally of goals.
This Everton team has evolved since them days and now offer goals from the wing and also from the attacking midfield role of Gylfi Sigurdsson.
To summarise I would like to see Cenk Tosun given a chance in the starting eleven soon and I don’t think anyone could deny him this due to the attitude and effort he has given in his time at Everton.
This season will be make or break for the Turkish International.
I think he deserves a chance ahead of DCL , has he really had a proper chance? Hard to see him having another season here after this one , but as efcblog2 said he shows sign of an instinct of being in the right place and he can finish.
Kean is only young and I wouldn't think he will play every game , so hopefully Tosun will get a few games ahead of DCL.