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Cenk Tosun 14

That Everton inexplicably ended the summer 2017 transfer window having signed only untried striker Sandro Ramirez would soon be revealed as the grave error everyone saw it to be when the deadline passed on 31st August.

The failure to adequately replace the departed Romelu Lukaku had a devastating effect on the Blues' season and it ultmately proved to be a significant contributing factor to Ronald Koeman losing his job before the end of October.

Ramirez struggled to adapt from La Liga to the pace of the Premier League while Oumar Niasse came in from the cold but also couldn't provide the answer to Everton's lack of an experienced focal point up front so it was left to the raw 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin to gamely fill the void.

Together with new manager Sam Allardyce, Director of Football Steve Walsh used the last few weeks of the year to draw up a shortlist of viable striking targets, one that was headed by Turkish international striker, Cenk Tosu, who was signed on 5th January, 2018 in a £21m deal with Besiktas with a further £1m dependent on clauses.

The 26-year-old put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract but the protracted negotiations over the fee with the Turks and then the player's personal terms meant that he was not registered in time to face Liverpool in the FA Cup that evening. Instead, his signing was announced, unorthodoxically, at half-time of the cup tie.

Born in Germany but of Turkish descent, Tosun elected to play for Turkey and ended up making his name in that country's Super Lig, having started his professional career at Eintracht Frankfurt.

He joined Gaziantepspor in 2011 and spent three seasons there racking up 39 goals in 109 league appearances before being picked up by Istanbul giants, Besiktas.

His game came on leaps and bounds with the Black Eagles where he notched 41 times in 96 league games while also lighting up the Champions League this season with a rocket of a goal that was named goal of the group stages.

FactFile

Squad number 14
Position Striker
Nationality Turkish
Born Wetzlar, Ger
Date of birth 7 June 1991
Height 6' 0" (1.83m)
Joined 4 January 2018
Joined from Besiktas
Signed by Sam Allardyce
Transfer fee £21m (rising to £22m)
Contract duration 4½ years
Contract expires June 2022
Full debut v
Previous Clubs Eintracht Frankfurt
Gaziantepspor
Besiktas

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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18  () () ()
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Note: Everton Career Stats on ToffeeWeb are updated after every game.



Previous Career

Season Team Appearances Goals
2009-11 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 0
2011-14 Gaziantepspor 109 39
2014-17 Besiktas 96 41


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