Everton coach Craig Shakespeare has revealed how Cenk Tosun finally kick started his Everton career after a disappointing start to life in the Premier League.
Tosun arrived on Merseyside back in January, joining Everton in a £27 million deal from Besiktas. He struggled to make an impact in the first few week, failing to score in his first four games for the club, and being left out of a number of starting lineups.
However, the Turkish international has come found his form in recent weeks, hitting four goals in his last three games for the Blues.
Now, Everton coach Craig Shakespeare has revealed how the striker asked for extra training sessions in order to boost his fitness. The former Leicester boss said: “I think when Cenk came he was quite surprised by the tempo of the Premier League and it took a bit of time for him to adjust, not only to his surroundings but to English football.
“We saw as staff his willingness to work. He wanted extra training and that comes with the added complication of ensuring he does not do so much that his legs are then too tired for the games, so we had to get that right with the sports science department.
“But I saw a real drive in him and I am really, really pleased because some of the work he has been doing on the training field has now come out in the games.”
Everton are relying on Tosun to finally replace Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United in the summer as part of a £75 million deal. Despite signing three number 10’s, former boss Ronald Koeman failed to sign a replacement for the Belgians goals, and ultimately paid the price by losing his job in November.