Cenk Tosun has opened up about his faltering introduction to the English game but expressed confidence he will make his mark.
The 26-year-old has only been with the Blues for a little over a month but his demotion to the substitutes' bench after just two starts and just 12 minutes' worth of action since has sparked premature speculation about the wisdom of his acquisition for £21m from Besiktas.
Tosun remains unfazed by his situation, however, accepting that making the transition from Turkey to a new team in a new country was always going to take time.
The German-born striker reveals that manager Sam Allardyce also told him to expect that it would be a big adjustment and even though he has seen little action since being named in the starting XI against West Bromwich Albion last month, his time will come.
“It's not easy to adjust to a new environment, a new atmosphere, new friends even a new house," Tosun is quoted as saying by Turkish outlet Haberturk.
“Even though I was born in Europe this situation is different. I moved from the Turkish league which was the league I'm playing for years to the toughest league in the world. It's hard to adapt. Sam told me that too.
“He always talks to me. I've zero problems. He told me that when I fit into the league and team, I'll be a regular starter.”
“I've zero interest going back to Turkey at this point,” he added.
“Yes I'm a Besiktas fan, but I'll never return to them without fighting and achieving things [at] Everton. That's not me. I'll show everyone in England who Cenk Tosun is. I have a dream. I never quit a [job] before completing it.
“After I finish my mission in here, and if the conditions are suitable I'd love to go back to Turkey but it's too early for that.
“I've just started to know my team-mates. AT Besiktas, my team-mates knew where I was going be on the pitch before they passed. They knew what I was going to do. Here they'll learn that too in time.”
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1 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:23:31
2 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:35:27
3 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:38:41
4 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:42:05
5 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:47:23
6 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:48:00
7 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:53:24
8 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:55:18
10 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:13:01
11 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:16:46
Do you mean the same Tosun who got 12 MINUTES (plus added time) playing time against Arsenal?
12 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:22:35
I think he should take a leaf out of Niasse's book where he may not have all the skills required but he has fought his way back into the team with his never say die attitude.
Wish all of the players would have the same attitude.
13 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:27:51
The paint on your skirting boards here is still sticky.
14 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:28:33
15 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:32:31
16 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:38:40
Coleman at Sunderland says it is strange that Everton chose not to recall Galloway;
Deuofeu flagged as Man of the Match for Watford against Chelsea;
RB Leipzig management bullish about the prospect of Lookman and his potential value for their club...
Much as I am disappointed at Allardyce, and he has clearly contributed to the current malaise, including Garbutt and Vlasic potentially not seeming to have any opportunity to participate. What the hell are Everton management up to????
17 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:51:58
Everyone keeps going on about how much money we have spent. The reality is we are still shopping at poundland for both players and managers.
We have spent £200m, well that is what Citeh's defence cost and basically what Manure spent on Pogba and Lukaku. Plus what Sanchez will cost them in just wages.
We have still spent a good sum but £20 mill is the modern day equivalent of an average player in the PL. we ain't buying from Harrods
18 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:00:33
Tosun is not lightning quick, but he's certainly no slower than Harry Kane. Speed isn't everything for a centre forward. Alan Shearer was one of the best of all time and was never blessed with pace. Give the guy a chance.
19 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:09:20
20 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:23:52
Any striker needs quality around them and I don't just mean 40 yards away.
All any striker asks is get the ball in the box and give them support.
With the loss of Fellaini, Barkley and Cleverly we have lost that thrust from MF.
Oh for an Arteta or Manny Fernandes.
21 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:30:50
22 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:45:14
23 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:45:34
25 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:54:38
Given the lack of service, support and overall attacking intent in his limited game time so far, it would be foolhardy to start suggesting he's not up to snuff already.
26 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:59:16
Spot on. Unfortunately logic is often in short supply on TW
27 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:01:30
Don't hold your breath lad. when you get your chance you will be played in the Kevin Davies role.
Your only chance of a run of games is Sam being hounded out by the football lovers . .hopefully soon
28 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:06:12
29 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:11:45
"Welcome to Everton, I've announced to the press, that I think you'll really struggle, I think basically we have wasted our money, I think you will find the bench quite comfortable though."
Just what the lad needed, a few words of discouragement.
30 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:25:29
31 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:26:00
Sam has to go in the summer and, more controversially, so does Rooney. We need to build around Sigurdsson and foster team spirit. Rooneys been ok but I dont think he fits in. When he plays he has to be the funnel through which everything passes. I just dont think hes good enough for the role.
32 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:28:05
Our problem is that he came into a much better team.
33 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:32:59
He had zero service in either game, nobody got close to support him and on the basis of those two games Sam has decided hes not ready? Sorry Sam, what was it you were expecting to see from him in those two games that he didnt do?
Tell you what, why dont you organise the team and personnel at your disposal to support the main striker and create chances for them? Then we can judge him. No, youre right, its easier to blame him and say hes not ready than admit the problem is the way youre setting the team up. Excellent way to divert attention from your own failings!
34 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:39:50
35 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:53:00
36 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:56:50
The lad has intelligent movement and a good touch. Like Paul above, I think Walcott will find him a good partner. We just have to hope he gets another start, perhaps with Niasse on the bench to come on against tiring defenders to bash his way through.
38 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:59:35
Poor useless sod been here 5 minutes and he wants out and back to Turkey. Strange request for a German one might say.
I did suggest he was the new, much more expensive, Sandro on various threads but others thought I was being a little harsh. Not so, but he will take a big envelope of his own back to Turkey, Germany or wherever he is directed to next.
39 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:03:45
“Yes I'm a Besiktas fan, but I'll never return to them without fighting and achieving things [at] Everton. That's not me. I'll show everyone in England who Cenk Tosun is. I have a dream. I never quit a [job] before completing it
This translates to Lenny as: Poor useless sod been here 5 minutes and he wants out and back to Turkey. Strange request for a German one might say.
41 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:28:14
He is Turkish an signed for a Turkish Club in a league which is not a top level league. Our club was stupid to sign such a player for 21 Mil. He is an average player. Not more and not less.
42 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:30:58
43 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:34:12
Don't recall one on TW.
44 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:38:37
45 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:40:00
46 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:40:28
47 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:48:30
A complete unknown bought by a manager notorious for deals that suit him, not the club or the fans.
On the subject of dreaming. He can come and join the rest of us on the Street if he wants to do that. He will have grey hair by the time he has completed the "I have a dream." Sounds more Martin Luther King than Cenk Tosun.
48 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:52:34
George you obviously cherry pick the posts you form your option on.
Homework before accusation please.
49 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:55:13
50 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:59:51
Put Sigurdsson behind him, play Walcott close to him, use wingbacks, give the bloke support - he can finish for sure.
Everton are still rudderless.
51 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:09:49
Surprised we didn't make a move for him as a short term LB solution. He's still very fit and has bags of experience.
52 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:11:33
Get a grip man!
53 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:12:26
54 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:12:48
55 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:14:04
I'm not for one minute writing this signing off, as the whole squad are currently playing like an expensive version of Accrington Stanley, but for fooks sake, are we saying throw £30m in the kitty before we can expect 'decent?'
Some Blues have lost the plot after Walsh has spunked £250m. I suppose we can't expect anyone to run or complete a five yard pass unless you spend half a billion? Loons.
56 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:15:15
57 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:17:13
The mighty WHU would seem to be more appealing! Sad times.
58 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:28:31
Tosun is a team player, though technically excellent, he is dependent on support and movement around him; Allardyce's tactics don't suit him.
Tosun, a really good footballer, is going to have to develop a way of playing that is going to get him possession and give him scoring opportunities.
59 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:31:36
60 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:31:59
61 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:38:41
Meanwhile we continue with Martina, are there really no young left backs out there who could step up to the challenge?
62 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:44:39
Drop Bolasie and Schneiderlein, and play Davies, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Tosun, Niasse. Coleman, Jagielka, Holgate, Garbutt, Pickford.
63 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:45:51
64 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:47:05
That's another shoe-horn team in my view.
65 Posted 06/02/2018 at 22:07:43
66 Posted 06/02/2018 at 22:28:51
67 Posted 06/02/2018 at 22:42:26
68 Posted 06/02/2018 at 23:06:37
69 Posted 06/02/2018 at 23:28:40
Apart from a few who did get a fair shake, Johnson, Bent and Lukaku all the others such as Staquilersi, Traore, Niasse and dare I say Tosun cannot seem to get regular games.
Okay so Tosun may still come good but if he isn't ready now then why did Allardyce get him ?
I submit that Allardyce is just winging it as Koeman did and hasn't a clue about getting back the attitude and team spirit necessary to create a good team.
In all honesty I have never seen an Everton outfit play so many bad games in a season and I mean bad to the point of being pathetic.
When you see clubs like Watford, Bournemouth and Swansea take Arsenal, RS and Chelski to the cleaners in a manner far removed from anything Everton have produced all season, one wonders what the hell is going on.
They have shipped out one way or another a whole slew of players in the last 12 months and still they are left with a bunch of underachievers getting paid big wages.
The same poor performers are being selected no matter what and the same results keep shaming this once great club.
I just hope they have a contingency plan well in place to change the manager at the end of the season no matter what it costs.
70 Posted 06/02/2018 at 23:50:17
Cenk Tosun says Everton is starting to feel like home after meeting fans at a special event for Season Ticket holders on Tuesday night.
The Turkey striker has been in England a month since joining the Club from former side Besiktas, and by his own admission is settling quickly into life on Merseyside.
Speaking on stage at Hangar 34 alongside fellow new signing Theo Walcott, Tosun was quizzed by hosts Leon Osman and Darren Griffiths on how he is finding his feet at the Blues.
“I am settling quickly,” he said. “It has been easy to settle in so far. The experienced players have really helped me and the fans have been great to me. It has been really nice to play in front of them.
“It was great to meet the fans tonight. It was nice to be interviewed up on stage and share some things with those that were there.
“Everton is starting to feel like home now. I have been here for a month now and England and Everton have become my home for sure.
“I have been adapting on the pitch as well, like in training. It is different to how it was in Turkey – you have to be stronger and it is much harder. But I have to get used to it. I train as hard as I can and week-to-week I get better. I want to help my team and score goals.
“The manager, Sam Allardyce, has really supported me too. Our relationship is really nice. He wanted to bring me here and he is helping me a lot on and off the pitch. I am enjoying working with him. He knows my skills and its great to work with him.”
Of course he's unlikely to say anything controversial on stage in front of a passionate bunch of supporters, but it does seem that he wants to do well which is good for us isn't it?
71 Posted 07/02/2018 at 00:10:50
If he turns out to be a Premier League turkey I just hope Moshiri's aware of who's earned a Royal Blue stuffing and takes appropriate action with a P45.
72 Posted 07/02/2018 at 06:39:33
Straight from the Horse's mouth
Good post fella
73 Posted 07/02/2018 at 06:52:51
The lunatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path
The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more
And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon
The lunatic is in my head
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me
And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon
74 Posted 07/02/2018 at 07:13:36
Get him on the pitch. Give him a chance, give him chances, give him time to settle.
Like Klaassen and Sandro, it's going to be hard to judge Tosun if he's never on the pitch for more than 10 minutes.
Clear that the current manager has decided he doesn't 'fancy' certain players. Hope the next one does.
75 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:02:49
76 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:15:45
Coming from a totally different culture like Tosun its going to be hard, its finished Sandro will to succeed here and youd not be surprised if Tosun was only here short term before another Sandro/Klaassen situation develops.
77 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:17:00
He gets my support until his position becomes untenable. It certainly isn't at that stage yet.
78 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:21:53
He covered himself. I don't reckon he would be too disappointed with the pay off.
79 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:32:07
I lost my patience after the Arsenal-game, there was so much wrong with that gameplan, the setup, the approach, the players chosen, the statements afterwards deflecting blame...
I feel the only thing he can do is more damage! If we drop points against Crystal Palace I'm totally convinced; Allardyce must out now!
80 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:49:12
81 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:57:49
Lenny (#38) "How much was in the envelope for Sam I can hear being asked." You must have ears like a Fruit Bat because I can't hear anyone saying that.
And just to put things in perspective, Jams (#17) mentions the disparity between our spending and the other clubs Man United are spending £1m a week... on the wages for Lukaku, Pogba and Sanchez. Just let THAT sink in...
82 Posted 07/02/2018 at 10:14:17
83 Posted 07/02/2018 at 10:40:31
The club needs some stability until we are safe, so Sam and his team look like they have Moshiri's support until then.
However, any more of last weekend's rubbish and he may be gone a lot sooner, with Silva coming in initially short-term until the summer to see what he can do.
Firstly, Sam needs to realise Schneiderlin and Williams need to buck their ideas up or leave. They are 2 players just going through the motions. They are a liability in their current state.
Results and performances will determine whether he is the man for next season.
84 Posted 07/02/2018 at 11:27:09
I can not believe Kenwright or Moshiri sanctioned the Tosun signing after all the terrible business we did in the summer. It's one thing to back your managers but allowing them to squander huge amounts of money on unproven gambles from weak European leagues is another.
It's not Cenk's fault he is out of his depth at this level, it's the recruitment policy at this club that is fucked up. I could spend £25 million more widely on a striker than what we have bought in Tosun. I don't think the Turkish league is much stronger than the English League One. It is a disgrace and a shame to put the lad in this position.
I wonder if Allardyce had a say in this signing because he instantly froze out Tosun after one game. This deal has Walsh's fingerprints all over it. Awful piece of business yet again.
85 Posted 07/02/2018 at 11:28:55
HA HA HA, I may have had a bit to drink but that's hilarious!
We have had no thrust from midfield since Gravesen! Barkley has a sticky thrust button and became so indecisive that he stopped using it. Shame because he still has that magic but he needs a Harry Redknapp manager not another drill sergeant that he's gone too.
I'm hoping Vlasic becomes that driver... in a year or two.
86 Posted 07/02/2018 at 12:19:29
FFS, give the guy a chance, odds are he may be finding it difficult to settle in, language, food, customs etc.
87 Posted 07/02/2018 at 12:26:59
It has become patently obvious that he can't, as seen by him him being first in front of the cameras to lay the blame on everybody else and not taking an ounce of blame himself for his team selection and tactics.
As someone said on another thread as soon as he signed that contract they were his players, and if he can't do anything with them have the good grace to let the club know and resign. I mean how can any manager worth his salt say he watched Swansea beat Arsenal and changed his tactics.
I personally think we will stay up not because of Allardyce but in spite of him, and soon as this egotistical dinosaur is gone the better.
88 Posted 07/02/2018 at 12:47:42
We did draw at City, beat Bournemouth, Stoke and draw at Brighton under Koeman this season so hes as likely to have done the same as Allardyce in the main results wise.
89 Posted 07/02/2018 at 13:01:32
What and give up a years wages by resigning?
Not a chance. Would you?
90 Posted 07/02/2018 at 13:06:52
There's got to be something out there, as Spooky Mulder said .
91 Posted 07/02/2018 at 13:24:27
He's been here 5 minutes for Christ's sake.
Has Allardyce been sacked yet?
92 Posted 07/02/2018 at 13:47:21
To be fair, I would also consider a discreet piece of repositioning if I was you. It must be really embarrassing for the likes of Mike Hughes, Tony Hill and yourself to read the posts you made backing the great Neanderthal.
93 Posted 07/02/2018 at 13:56:21
While he is feeling fresh at the moment, the left-back – whose current contract expires at the end of next season – admits that he isnt setting himself any long-term goals over longevity in the top flight. He said: “I havent set any targets, you just have to see how long your legs will carry you. “Those decisions are not yours to make. The hope is that you can carry on forever but everyone knows its not possible and your body will naturally decline. “I think whoever is at the club, the manager and the other people, will eventually make that call. “The onus is on the individual – myself – to live my life right and be as fit as I possibly can so I can look at myself in the mirror when the times comes when they say ‘youre not for us any more because Ill have given it everything Ive got.”
He said: “I havent set any targets, you just have to see how long your legs will carry you.
“Those decisions are not yours to make. The hope is that you can carry on forever but everyone knows its not possible and your body will naturally decline.
“I think whoever is at the club, the manager and the other people, will eventually make that call.
“The onus is on the individual – myself – to live my life right and be as fit as I possibly can so I can look at myself in the mirror when the times comes when they say ‘youre not for us any more because Ill have given it everything Ive got.”
Perhaps, Leighton was just being pragmatic but has he inadvertantly let the cat out of the bag with his "whoever the manager is" quote, or more probably I'm trying to find a glint of light at the end of the long-dark tunnel?
94 Posted 07/02/2018 at 14:20:48
95 Posted 07/02/2018 at 14:57:54
Niasse, Sandro, Bolasie, Lookman, Schneiderlein, Williams, Keane, Klaasen - the list goes on.
96 Posted 07/02/2018 at 15:08:51
97 Posted 07/02/2018 at 15:21:57
If you don't behave I will come around and pull your pigtails 😁
Embarrassed by giving an opinion?
Some foolish posts on here at times. Yours is right up there with them.
How do you get to be an apologist on day one?
What did Sam do on day one that required an apologist?
99 Posted 07/02/2018 at 16:59:32
Also stop loaning players out. We bought them play them. Get Galloway back and when Lookman returns play him. Get some fire in these lads' bellises. No more of this negative shite. We have good forwards let them run at some of these defenders.
At the moment it's like the dressing room is cursed. Get in there and come on you blues. On our day we can best anyone.
100 Posted 07/02/2018 at 18:59:17
Stop it with all the creative little flicks and quick touches. This is Everton under Sam! Hold the ball up you Neanderthal!
This man will flourish under the correct manager.
101 Posted 07/02/2018 at 19:07:23
Wearing a no 6 Bolton shirt apparently
102 Posted 08/02/2018 at 11:36:40
Also, to label Keane,Sandro, Klaassen, Bolasie & Lookman as flops is just plain stupid. All of these players have been quality players when we have brought them and all have been playing in a disorganised team with players who don't have a clue on the system or the tactics the manager has set.
Lookman is the exception here as last season he was playing in that team against city in which he showed his quality, Keane hasn't found his rhythm with us yet and that is mainly down to the fact he has not had a run of games.
Any manager will tell you that you pick your best back 4 based on stats and work in training and you leave them be unless injuries state otherwise, they need to play together to gel and they just haven't had that opportunity and that is the main reason we are leaking goals like we are.
103 Posted 08/02/2018 at 17:35:30
We had it with Martinez who stuck with Tim Howard, we now have Sam who is sticking with Martina, Schneiderin and Williams.
For those still backing Sam, you might have a few more on your side if he realised what players are costing us games week in, week out.
Give Klassen a go alongside Gana, get Jagielka in Place of Williams or even Holgate, give Garbutt a run out at left back.
For anyone saying may not be up to scratch in training, that means nothing if the three above are pulling up trees in training, and getting picked because of it.
That is why a lot of us are hacked off with Sam and not posters defending him.
Never ever change a winning team, unless forced by injuries or suspensions.
Forget the Arsenal game, Sam needs to learn from the Leicester game, and learn from that game.
105 Posted 09/02/2018 at 14:39:13
They had hardly dipped their toe into the water. I am sure you all get my drift.
106 Posted 09/02/2018 at 14:44:48
Either Big and Little Sam both threw double sixes on their die simultaneously or Big Sam was referring to the link provided. I get the feeling that too many football managers are over relying on technology, rather than assessing the talents of footballers with their own eyes. How long before Moshiri or other owners dispense with the manager altogether and pick the team via their lap-tops using specialist computer software?
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