Cenk Tosun revealed to Sabah that he tried to leave Everton in January but was refused a move by the club. The 27-year-old has struggled for goals this season and was open to a loan move away from Goodison Park in a bid to recapture his form, but the Toffees said they needed him so he was forced to stay.
He said: “I have still a lot to do in the Premier League. I still have a three-and-a-half-year contract with Everton. I want to continue in Europe. My aim is to play more. I had offers from Spanish and English clubs (in January). I told the club I am ready to go out on loan to return stronger, but they told me they needed me here.”
Tosun has scored just two goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season, the last of which came all the way back in October. The Turkish international has lost his place in the starting lineup and can’t bag himself a goal at club level for love nor money.
Everton didn’t have much depth in attack so they couldn’t afford to sell Tosun, however, but the decision to keep him hasn’t been vindicated. Dominic Calvert-Lewin currently leads the line after impressing when given the nod by Marco Silva, but Tosun’s revelation may come as a surprise for many.
It’s worth noting that the centre-forward didn’t plan to leave Everton permanently but just wanted a short-term move to find his feet again. Tosun bagged five goals in 14 games last season but has now gone 12 consecutive matches without a goal.