The loss of Lukaku in the summer made one thing clear for the Everton transfer board; they need a reliable striker. New blood tried their best. Sigurdsson has yet to reach his peak, despite strong seasons at Swansea in the year prior. Pickford often appeared to be the only player consistently performing, with magnificent displays between the sticks. Rooney, despite his age, managed to claw back results with impressive returns to form, including a sensational hat-trick against West Ham. Summer signings failed to push Everton to new heights and it’s no wonder Koeman lost his job after strengthening in all the wrong areas. When Allardyce came in, his priorities were made clear; Everton needed goals as quickly as possible.
Enter Cenk Tosun. Tosun found his footing in the Turkish Super Lig. After joining Besiktas in 2014, Tosun won two league titles and attracted much interest from Europe’s elite. Most of the top clubs likely viewed him as a second-choice striker. However, such was the need for a competent finisher that Everton jumped at the chance to sign him. For £27 million, Tosun needed to provide that lethal edge to notch some points on the league table.
— Cenk Tosun (@CenkTosun_) April 5, 2018
The Turkish international has had a good start to life in the Premier League. Everton easily pushed into the top half of the table after recovering from an abysmal start to the season. Tosun became the deciding factor in numerous games. Wins over Brighton and, more importantly, Stoke were all earned thanks to Tosun’s keen eye in front of goal. With four goals in ten games already, Tosun’s natural ability has shone through, giving a solid attacking foundation to Allardyce or whichever manager takes over next season.
Looking beyond the end of this season, Everton can be confident that Tosun will adapt to all levels of the game. At Besiktas, Tosun appeared in numerous Champions League games, scoring four in six. This season’s disaster in Europe serves as proof Everton lacked players with European pedigree. Tosun has beaten the likes of Monaco so can provide some assistance if the Toffees are to push for European football next season.
👌🏼 | "@CenkTosun_ is a finisher. You know, in the main, if he gets a chance, he’ll stick it in."
— Everton (@Everton) April 17, 2018
Everton’s ranks now include some of the most astute passers in the game, thanks to the recent addition of Theo Walcott. The missing piece has always been a target man for the squad to charge in behind. Rooney and Sigurdsson can score in the right positions but can’t provide the raw shooting ability of Tosun. The effect of Tosun’s arrival is clear to see. The 26-year-old has helped Everton correct a season many felt was a write-off. With only a few games left to play, Everton are now favourites to win in all their remaining fixtures. Allardyce’s Everton are favoured at 17/10 to beat Huddersfield with Betfair football tips. Everton need their main man more than ever if they are to finish the season on a high.
Everton can’t qualify for Europe or even win a cup but they can use the end of the season to solidify. With Cenk Tosun developing his shooting skills in the Premier League, the club can hope he’ll only get better and deliver a more impressive 2018/2019 season for Everton fans.