Tosun: Things are getting better now

Wednesday, 24 October, 2018 19comments  |  Jump to last

Cenk Tosun says that he is getting the benefit of being on the end of more goal-scoring opportunities after he bagged his second goal of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Turkish international raced away in the 89th minute with a fine finish through goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey's legs to double Everton's lead after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had broken the deadlock with a well-taken header fewer than two minutes earlier.

It was a timely boost for Tosun who had dropped back to the substitutes' bench for the last two games as Marco Silva sought to accommodate Bernard's talents and those of Richarlison in the forward line.

Tosun had been struggling for a goal prior to the previous Premier League home match before he scored in the 3-0 win over Fulham but he didn't do himself justice when he was handed another start in the League Cup against Southampton which ended in defeat on penalties.

His successful cameo off the bench against Palace will give his manager plenty to think about as he plans for Sunday's away game at Old Trafford.

“It is getting better now,” Tosun told evertontv. “It was difficult to get in goalscoring positions in the first few games and I was the guy who made more assists for the players, left and right.

“But in the past few games I had a lot of shots and got in a lot of scoring positions and those things made me happy.

“I am lucky at Goodison, scoring two goals in the past two games! The fans are great and at home they can make the difference. Away teams who come here feel the pressure. The supporters are like a 12th man for us and I am happy to play in front of them.

“More important was the three points. Step-by-step we are going higher now ... [we] and go with big confidence to Old Trafford next week.”


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Drew O'Neall
1 Posted 24/10/2018 at 22:33:33
As I posted elsewhere, it was unfair to drop Tosun for the game Richarlison returned (and ergo, since).

We are a completely different attacking proposition with him, and now others, in the side and expecting Tosun to perform to the same level in the games against Huddersfield and West Ham when he had to run all over the pitch just to hold things up was unreasonable.

He's not the most complete striker in the world but he always gives 100% effort and plays well with his back to goal for the team.

Whomever lines up, I predict our forward four are going to give the suspect Man Utd back line a difficult time on Sunday.


Andy Williams
2 Posted 24/10/2018 at 22:51:11
Totally agree, Drew. I couldn't believe some of the negativity he was drawing. A bit of confidence and I reckon he can start scoring regularly.
Liam Reilly
3 Posted 24/10/2018 at 22:55:27
Unchanged team for me at Old Trafford, with Tosun and Co to come off the bench and contribute when required.
Jerome Shields
4 Posted 24/10/2018 at 22:56:04
Drew #1,

Tosun is not the complete striker, but he is better than Richarlison in the centre-forward position.

Richarlison had one shot on target, which he scored from against Leicester, and one shot on target against Crystal Palace. His link-up with other forwards is poor. He is actually wasted in the centre-forward position. He is far more effective on the wing, having on averages five shots on target.

Calvert-Lewin, while better positionally, has the same poor pass-completion rate as Richarlison and is not as effective in bringing other players into the game, like Walcott.

Silva had Tosun running down channels to give him a pace advantage in his last game. His effective use of Keane's channel pass shows he has mastered this. With the midfield trio of Gomes, Sigurdsson, and Gueye, attacks can be central, as opposed to resulting from wing play. This will help Tosun, since it is what he is used to.

Tosun is not the complete striker, but he is the most effective in the centre-forward role. I would give him a chance against Manchester United – he might just click.

Steve Ferns
5 Posted 25/10/2018 at 00:06:35
Tosun or Calvert-Lewin need to lead the line against a side like Palace at home. They sit deep. There's no space in behind. Richarlison's best qualities were negated.

Now, Man Utd away, that's a game for Richarlison to lead the line. There's plenty of space in behind, and by playing his up top, and making Man Utd worry about the counter, well we limit their ability to go all out in attacking us. No way will Mourinho leave the door open at the back.

Terence Leong
6 Posted 25/10/2018 at 01:28:12
I am for Tosun to be given a sustained run in the side as the centre-foward, now that we have the full set of attacking players available.

Even though he was given a sustained run during the start, it was start-stop, with Calvert-Lewin filling in on the left,which meant that Tosun wasn't really getting the service he needed.

I think for the Old Trafford game, it might be worth replacing Walcott on the right with Bernard, Richarlison to go back to the left, and Tosun to spearhead the attack.

The trickery and pace on both flanks can really give something for any defence to think about.

And when it's not quite working out, you can still bring in Walcott to run the defence ragged; Walcott has searing pace, but not the trickery. Lookman and Calvert-Lewin can also come on as different options.

Simon Smith
7 Posted 25/10/2018 at 02:38:39
I like Tosun, he's an honest pro; that said, I'd stick with the same starting 11 vs Man Utd.

I think that Tosun started off okay this season, he didn't have to score as Richarlison was doing that for us until his suspension. Tosun almost became a victim of Richardison's stupidity.

Hopefully his latest few goals will kick start his season as it will benefit everyone at the club if he starts bagging frequently.

Karl Meighan
8 Posted 25/10/2018 at 03:38:10
It's a squad game now and they will all have to play a part this season.

As you were for the Man Utd game — hopefully Bernard plays better but he is now getting game time which he needed.

Amit Vithlani
9 Posted 25/10/2018 at 07:20:36
Whilst I agree with those who say Richarlison is not a centre-forward, my instinct is to have our top 4 attacking players, Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison and Sigurdsson, occupying those positions. Neither Tosun nor Calvert-Lewin are among those top 4 attacking players. I hope we will buy a top-quality centre-forward, because then the pressure will be on the other 4.

Tosun works hard but lacks pace, and appears unable to control the ball under pressure. By his own admission, he was not getting into goal-scoring positions in earlier matches – which was also when our other creative players were either out of the side or not finding their form.

That he has 2 late goals in the last 2 homes games where we really stepped up as an attacking force late in the game says to me that this is not a guy who will fashion any chances himself. So, had he played against Palace from the start, he may have struggled, as Bernard and Walcott had an off day for most of the game and Sigurdsson was tightly marked.

Lookman and Richarlison out wide would certainly fashion chances for someone like Tosun. The question is, how would leaving out Bernard, Walcott (or even Sigurdsson) to accommodate these 3 players offset the benefit?

Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 25/10/2018 at 07:44:28
Is Tosun a top-6 caliber striker? Probably not. Do we eventually need to upgrade at the position? Yeah, most likely.

But this nonsense that was being spewed in recent weeks about him being a Championship-level player and how he wouldn't get in a single other Premier League side was, frankly, embarrassing. Why do people constantly feel the need to veer towards these wild extremes?

Jerome Shields
11 Posted 25/10/2018 at 08:00:07
Terence #6,

Walcott in the last three games has had the least touches of the ball of any other outfield player. He needs balls laid off to run onto, space to run into, and players to provide overlaps. Against a tight defence, he is limited. Your idea of Bernard is a good one and one I hadn't thought of. Trickery in both wings is what is needed.

Simon #7,

This appears to be Richarlison's weakness, He runs, beating defenders, and shoots; when it comes to the option of a final pass, the results are very poor. Everton in the final third have a very poor pass completion rate – at max four per game since the start of the season.

This fact would definitely not help a player like a Tosun. Arsenal defended by channelling Everton forwards into stoppable save positions. Cenk was on the training ground all match. Everton had two completed passes in the final third that game.

Jerome Shields
12 Posted 25/10/2018 at 08:12:07
Additional comment.

I'm beginning to think that Lookman is the answer rather than Richarlison. Though he doesn't have the same pseudo, he can beat defenders and his final pass is far superior.

With Digne on that wing, pace is only necessary as an alternative to change tactics when necessary. Otherwise, Richarlison needs to improve on his passing ability and awareness of the centre-forward's position.

Billy Roberts
13 Posted 25/10/2018 at 08:13:56
It appeared to me that Tosuns touch (control), pace (that got him through on goal), and most importantly his finish were all fine on Sunday against Palace. Of course he isn't in the category of Shearer, Van Persie, Kane etc but how many are?

That's not to say we shouldn't be looking to add that type of player to our squad in January. Tosun is the type of player we would casually observe on MotD playing for Southampton or Leicester, slotting home goals every now and again, and we'd think: Why don't Everton buy a player like that?

Tony Waring
14 Posted 25/10/2018 at 09:51:21
Jerome, what is "pseudo"?
Amit Vithlani
15 Posted 25/10/2018 at 10:17:11
Tony - I think it is when you really chase money, like a gold digger with a real appetite for cash.

(As in "pursue-dough")

Oh, the "p" is silent, is it?

I will get my coat...

Alex Doyle
16 Posted 25/10/2018 at 11:36:53
I'd go with Richarlison up front for his mobility. It's a squad game though, they all have to contribute. COYB.
Harry Hockley
17 Posted 25/10/2018 at 17:34:28
I like Tosun, I think he has some good attributes... enough to do well in the Premier League? I'm not sure... but I'm far from writing him off as a flop just yet.

Is it me or did he seem like he had pace for his goal against Palace?

Steavey Buckley
18 Posted 25/10/2018 at 18:52:54
For the 4-3-3 to work effectively, the 3 upfront have to have pace to respond to a first-time ball. Otherwise, the 3 in the middle will leave gaps for the opposition to exploit as they venture forward to support a slower-paced attack, as the ball is recycled backwards and sideways. So the likes of Walcott, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are a must to start, because they are the ones who have the pace.
Martin Berry
19 Posted 26/10/2018 at 14:10:21
I think Cenk is a class act in front of goal, a real finisher. He maybe is not the quickest but, as he reads the game in the Premier League better and his teamates, there will be intelligent runs at the right time, hence his great finish against Palace.

As for the Man Utd game, I would start with Calvert-Lewin – purely tactical, as Man Utd's defence has been absolutely woeful on defending crosses, and Calvert-Lewin could just be the player to exploit this. A point that I am sure Marco is aware of.

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