I think it’s fair to say that Everton fans have seen both the best and the worst of Turkish striker Cenk Tosun.
The 27-year-old arrived from Besiktas in a deal worth a reported £27million back in the last January transfer window. It took him some time to get up to speed in terms of fitness as he made the adjustment to the levels in the Premier League but when games started flowing after he’d begun settling in, we saw exactly what he was about and he gave a return of five goals in 14 appearances which isn’t too bad for a maiden season at a club given everything a move entails.
This season he’s taken in five games under manager Marco Silva, but he is yet to find the back of the net and whilst few are actually criticising his efforts in games, there’s a decent debate on social media as to whether we are now playing to his strengths.
We need a striker who can spin the other way too. He tries hard but he’s not going to get into more goalscoring positions the way we now play without pace I’m afraid.
— Lee Cowap (@Lxxx07) September 10, 2018
What Ged said ???????? confident he will get a few though so not concerned
— Jonathan Dickinson (@joth1878) September 10, 2018
May not work for his goalscoring but he's done a great job for the team so far this season. Silva's very pleased with him
— Trevor McKinlay (@TrevorMcKinlay) September 10, 2018
Bit of both for me, he doesn't receive the best service but its fair to say he has to do a lot more to make sure he gets himself into goalscoring positions more often
— Steven Roche (@StevenRoche2) September 10, 2018
How is he missing somehing ? 11 shots on target in 18 games and bagged 5 goals from that. It's down to service. His role so far this season has been to link up play between Walcott siggurdson and Richarlison but he will get his own goals
— David Parkinson (@DaveParky14) September 10, 2018
We not exactly dynamic creatively! We are still lacking a open play creator and a midfielder who can dribble through the lines. Improvement on last season but we not testing defences enough especially without Richarlison
— Andy Mc (@Amcgregor21) September 10, 2018
I’m torn as I see sense in a fair few of the opinions expressed above, but he has contributed two assists so it’s also way too early to even think of writing him off as he’s doing a job, even if it’s not quite the one we want or expect now.
All strikers have dips and his service hasn’t been great, but as long as he’s putting in the yards and contributing to others scoring like many I’ll have few complaints.