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Cenk Tosun finally feeling at home at Everton

The Toffees’ January signing bagged his second goal in as many games against Brighton on Saturday

Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Cenk Tosun says he is finally settled in at Everton after a stuttering start to life at Goodison Park.

Tosun scored the decisive second goal against Brighton on Saturday following on from his header at Burnley the previous week.

The game at Turf Moor was Tosun’s first start in six weeks and only his third for the club since joining from Besiktas for £27m in January.

After failing to make an impact in games against Tottenham and West Brom, Tosun was dropped to the bench by Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce then claimed Oumar Niasse was the club’s no.1 striker, a slap in the face for Tosun, who was lauded as the best striker available in that price range when joining the club in January.

He even suggested the cold weather was a reason for Tosun’s struggles, despite the 26-year-old growing up in Germany.

Thankfully, Tosun’s fortunes have improved markedly in recent weeks.

A mid-season training camp in Dubai was the ideal opportunity for Tosun to get to know his teammates and by all accounts he was one of the standout players throughout that week.

That has been reflected in his on-field performances, with the striker looking much more of a threat against Burnley and Brighton.

Speaking to the official website after Saturday’s game, Tosun was clearly delighted to get his first Goodison goal.

“I cannot describe it. It was better than last week because we won. Last week was my first goal but this was a better feeling because it was at home and we got the three points.

“It was a great feeling and I was very excited.

“I feel good physically. I feel like I have settled into England as well and I hope I can keep going like this and keep scoring goals.

“We always want to win at home and thankfully today we have taken the three points. We have been really good at Goodison but we know we have to be better away. Hopefully that starts at Stoke.

“We have a lot of quality players in the team and it feels good for me to play with them.

“They have helped me to settle in, on and off the pitch. And I hope it will be even better as we get to know each more in the next few weeks.”