In a recent interview with the Turkish media outlet, Fanatik (translated by Sport Witness), Everton forward Cenk Tosun has revealed that he is enjoying life at Merseyside and wants to stay at Goodison Park for a long time despite his struggles in front of the opposition goal. Speaking to Fanatik (translated by Sport Witness), the Turkish centre-forward said, “I’m not coming back to Turkey. I’m so happy at Everton. I want to be here for a long time. For my homeland, I want to make my flag proud here.
“Here, we represent Turkey. Not just me; Caglar Söyüncü, Cengiz Under, Hakan Calhanoglu, Zeki Celik, Merih Demiral, Okay Yokuslu are also the same … We represent not only our name but also the whole country.”
Tosun’s words are quite admirable especially considering that he wants to make his country proud by proving his worth in the Premier League. However, the fact remains that the Turkish striker has failed to live up to the high expectations surrounding his arrival at Everton from Besiktas at the start of last year.
Tosun’s Struggles At Goodison Park This Season
The 27-year-old has scored just three goals and grabbed three assists in 27 appearances for the Merseyside outfit this term across all competitions. Tosun’s inconsistency in the attacking third of the pitch has seen him lose his first-team place to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
A change in scenery could have helped Tosun reignite his career in European football so one can argue whether he is being foolish about trying to prove his worth in England when his chief concern should be to earn regular game time on the pitch.
Is There Any Way Back For The Turkish Forward?
Unless he can earn his place back in Marco Silva’s starting XI in the coming weeks, it is difficult to see how he will be able to regain his manager’s faith next season. Everton needs to improve their squad during the summer transfer period as this campaign has not gone to plan for them thus far.
Should The Toffees Retain Tosun’s Services?
Hence, the Merseyside outfit are better of cashing in on Tosun and using the money generated from his sale to bring in a more reliable replacement up front. However, if Marco Silva reckons that the Turkish striker still has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, then he should keep him beyond this summer and give him another shot in the upcoming campaign. However, in our opinion, it is a hard no regarding keeping the Turkish star at Everton.
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