Cenk Tosun has certainly come a long way from when Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he wasn’t playing for the Blues yet because he was struggling with the weather conditions.
The Turkish striker scored his third and fourth goals of the season yesterday to lead Everton to a 2-1 victory away at a snowy Stoke City, making a mockery of whatever it is Big Sam said about the Turkish striker.
Speaking to evertonfc.com after the game, the forward credited a former Everton striker and current first team coach for helping him get on track.
“I am very happy because of the two goals and the three points. It was very important to win today so I have to thank my teammates. They were great in this hard weather, which made things really difficult, especially in the first half. But it improved in the second half – and we played better, as well.
“I work on my game after training with Duncan Ferguson. He was a legend of Everton and he has helped me a lot. We work together on my physique and on my shooting so I can do better on the pitch.
“Physically I feel better and I have settled in to the Premier League and England, so I feel better on the pitch as well.”
Tosun’s goals helped Everton get only their second away win of the season, but bravely dived into headers yesterday on a frozen pitch with the snow flying.
”We had a meeting before the game and talked about our away form and we played better than we have been – it was difficult but very important as well.
“I came to a league that continues [to play throughout the season]. We had a winter break in Turkey, so I was not physically 100 per cent when I arrived. I worked on that and now I feel sharper and better and can show more on the pitch.
“It was so cold. I could not feel my hands at half-time. But day to day I get better and have to get used to it. This is typical English weather. I like the cold! I grew up in Germany and it is similar to England.”