Everton manager Marco Silva has insisted Cenk Tosun has a future at the club, despite the forward’s omission from the squad for Wednesday’s 5-1 win at Burnley.
The Turkish international signed from Besiktas in a £27m deal last January but has struggled for opportunities this season scoring just two league goals so far this season.
England U21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been preferred to the 27-year-old in recent weeks, however, Silva insists the forward still has a role to play at the club.
Speaking to the press Silva said: “As far as I’m concerned, Tosun has a future at Everton, why should he not?
“(Oumar) Niasse was chosen, but that’s all, even (James) McCarthy and (Morgan) Schneiderlin were not starters, but that does not mean anything.
“I just needed other players (against Burnley).”
Everton will be looking to continue their momentum from that comprehensive win at Turf Moor on Boxing Day when they travel to face Brighton on Saturday.