Less than a month after joining Everton for £27m, Sam Allardyce has revealed that Cenk Tosun is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.
The Turkish international sat out of the Toffees’ 5-1 humbling at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday evening, with the once outcasted Oumar Niasse selected to start the game.[ads1)
Speaking after the defeat, Allardyce that the 26-year-old has struggled with the ‘pace and physicality of the game’:
“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.”
Prior to his transfer to Goodison Park, Tosun had scored 14 goals in 24 appearances for Besiktas, helping them to top their Champions League group.
Tosun replaced Niasse in the 78th minute, with the Blues already 5-1 down, with Sam Allardyce describing his players as ‘crap’.