When Cenk Tosun joined the Blues just over a year ago, there was a hope amongst Everton fans that the Turkish striker would fill a Romelu Lukaku-sized void at the head of the Toffees attack.
Tosun had truly impressed with Turkish side Besiktas, including leading them into the Champions League Knockout stages. So it wasn’t just as if he had lit up the traditionally weak Super Lig, Tosun had proven his ability to play against top sides.
However, since calling Goodison Park home, Tosun has failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities to prove his ability to score consistently, and a managerial change from Sam Allardyce to Marco Silva which did not suit his style has apparently led to the imminent end to Tosun’s short-lived Toffees career.
If someone will pay that is.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Blues have slapped a 20 million pound tag on their striker, obviously hoping to recoup most of their initial investment, at the same times as they also look to offload Oumar Niasse.
The Blues are understood to have fielded enquires from Premier League clubs to take both Tosun and Niasse on loan but at this stage are only interested in selling both players.
Tosun has not lost his support from (some of) the fans, as there is no question of his desire or professionalism, however it is glaringly evident his style of #9 play just doesn’t fit with what Marco Silva envisions at the position.
Marcel Brands has gone on record to say Everton are not going to be big players in January while Silva added more context on his press conference yesterday saying the Blues would only spend if players left first.
It will be interesting to see how this transfer window plays out at the forward position, as the sale of both would almost certainly see the Toffees bring in some type of reinforcements.