Turkish international Cenk Tosun has come in for praise from club legend Duncan Ferguson.
With the 26-year-old struggling when he first arrived at the club from Besiktas in the January window as he settled into a new country, adjusted to new teammates as well as building the fitness required for the Premier League, the player has slowly begun catching the eye of fans and he now boasts four goals in ten appearances (eight starts).
?? | "@CenkTosun_ is a finisher. You know, in the main, if he gets a chance, he’ll stick it in."
— Everton (@Everton) April 17, 2018
He is unfortunately yet to score since proper football returned following the March international break but his work rate and desire saw him clear two headers off the line in the last match against Swansea City to save a bad day becoming worse.
Ferguson told the Official Site that he was unconcerned with that as having now adjusted to the pace of the game in England, he feels given his natural finishing talent it’s only a matter of time before he’s back on the scoresheet.
“He’s a finisher. I’ve worked with players before and he’s a finisher. You know, in the main, if he gets a chance, he’ll stick it in. I think he’s found the pace of the game now. When he was at Besiktas he had a winter break and he came back maybe not quite ready. But we continued to work with him. We had a few weeks prior to when we went out to Dubai and then we trained hard there. We have had a good bit of work since then on the training ground and I think it’s just finding the pace of the Premier League – it’s not easy. But he’s sharpened up and managed to get a couple of goals. We hope that continues.”
Tosun himself has previously said that he’d love to become a ‘legend like Duncan’ and he’s credited Ferguson’s work on the training pitch and words in private for helping him to bring him up to speed previously.
Fans seem fully on board with that having seen his improvement of late, but the key to getting the best out of him is playing to his strengths and giving him the kind of delivery that he can quickly turn into goals.
Keep up the hard work Cenk.
And scooping them off the line too, if you like.
— Robin Wood ? (@WOODHEAP) April 17, 2018
That ultimately means attacking for the vast majority though.
We should try attacking then
— Chris Matthews (@ChrisMatthews14) April 17, 2018
Shame we have zero players who can give him a shooting chance
— Matt Vicary (@Vicaz22) April 17, 2018
We should try this attacking thing then’ he has literally zero support.
— Tasty Toffee ⚽️ (@stevopainter87) April 17, 2018
Bit hard to score or get chances when you set up in a 9-1 formation
— Jason Frendo (@10Toffeej) April 17, 2018
once we get rid of our defence and midfield we may get a vision of what he can and will be,theres very few players at my beloved club who would be there next season if i was the manager,most are ball watchers and have lazy attitudes and a few who are too elderly now
— James A Wright ?? (@ScarletzCaptain) April 17, 2018
When you offload Lennon, Barkley then loan out Miralles, Lookman, Dowell etc and then set up and play the way we do always isolating the cf, the lads got no chance just living off scraps
— bigomlet (@bigomlet28) April 17, 2018
Maybe try creating some chances to help him out then!
— Duke Silver (@Carl0sAlbert0) April 17, 2018