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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 31 August.

The failure to adequately replace the departed Romelu Lukaku had a devastating effect on the Blues' season and it ultimately 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 Tosun, who was signed on 5 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 4½-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 Anfield 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.

He made his debut for Everton at Wembley against Spurs and acquitted himself well enough in the first half before things fell apart after the break, when he hardly touched the ball before being withdrawn after the hour mark, as Everton crumbled. He was no better in his next game and was on the bench for the next two, coming on for 15 minutes in the lost cause at Arsenal, after which Manager Sam Allardyce commented:

"He’s had service to him that he’s not held up and he’s found it a bit of a struggle at this level because of the pace and the physicality of the game. So his service hasn’t been too bad but his hold up play hasn’t been like it was at Besiktas so that’s why he’s not starting the games at the minute because he’s finding it tough going like every player does, particularly when they come in January.

"I said we wanted goals, he scored goals in the Champions League and with Besiktas but may not hit the ground running for us. He hasn’t done that yet, I’m sure he will do eventually. I’m more concerned about the other players than I am about Cenk. I’m more likely to feed him slowly and give him a bit more time over the next few weeks and hopefully by the end of the season he starts games." 


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 Tottenham H (A)
13 January 2018
Previous Clubs Eintracht Frankfurt
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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 14 3 (2) 1 0 (0) 0 3 (2) 1
  Totals 3 (2) 1 0 (0) 0 3 (2) 1

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances Goals
2009-11 Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (1) & 0 (0) 0 & 0
2011-14 Gaziantepspor 60 (3) & 46 23 & 16
2014-17 Besiktas 50 (46) & 11 (19) 41 & 11

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