Cenk Tosun has reiterated his commitment to Everton, saying he is content with the Blues and is looking ahead to trying to get the club into Europe next season.
The Turkish international has struggled to make the first-choice starting role his own since arriving at Goodison Park in January last year as one of two signings made by Sam Allardyce and made just 11 starts in all competitions this past season.
He played second fiddle for the most part to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and with Marcel Brands and Marco Silva expected to target another striker this summer, there has inevitably been speculation that Tosun could move on.
A return to Turkey with his former club, Besiktas, has been mooted while there has been unsubstantiated talk of interest from Italy but the player doesn't appear ready to contemplate leaving Everton just yet.
“I had a good start in my career at England,” he told Asist Analiz, “but I want to do more. I still have a three-year contract with Everton and I'm happy there.
“We couldn't qualify for European football, but we came so close. Hopefully, next season we will be able to do that.
“We are happy as a family in Liverpool and I want this to continue.”
Quotes sourced from Asist Analiz via Sport Witness
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1 Posted 27/05/2019 at 17:34:32
2 Posted 27/05/2019 at 17:58:12
I would rather we get shut, at a loss if need be, as may be the case with many other passengers on the gravy train. I'm afraid Farhad must take some of the blame as he has presumably sanctioned a lot of the spending/wages.
3 Posted 27/05/2019 at 18:34:35
Unfortunately I can't see this Allardyce panic buy leaving anytime soon as no other club is going to pay him any where near what we're paying him. Possibly a loan out and we cover a portion of his wages.
Add to the likes of Sandro, Niasse, Vlasic, McCarthy, Bollasie, Garbutt, Besic... highly paid players we simply cannot give away. At best farmed out on loan with us still paying part of their wages.
Just what was the club thinking when they handed some of these contracts out? Haven't even mentioned all of them.
4 Posted 27/05/2019 at 18:40:04
And fair play to Cenk or any other player who loves the club and the city and wants to stay. We certainly can't move him on without his approval, and if he is determined to stay on and improve his game enough to earn more minutes on the pitch, good for him.
Maybe he'll surprise us all.
5 Posted 27/05/2019 at 18:51:27
6 Posted 27/05/2019 at 18:58:54
The wages and fees we agreed to pay average players throughout this awful period only served to make us the ugliest team in England. They could have funded the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock... and we would not have suffered the shame.
In darker moments, I wonder if we will ever recover...
7 Posted 27/05/2019 at 19:00:18
Darren, my impression at the time was that Tosun was more a Walsh signing than Fat Sam's -- still a Moshiri mistake, but give him credit for correcting it. I'm a huge Brands fan.
8 Posted 27/05/2019 at 19:04:20
There is a huge Turkish community and on £65k a week he is probably the biggest earner so he can indulge himself and his family while sunbathing on the bench and enjoying the camaraderie with the lads.
We are far too nice a club. He needs to be pushed to either start performing or be shipped out. Preferably the latter based on his lack of mobility.
9 Posted 27/05/2019 at 19:11:31
10 Posted 27/05/2019 at 19:37:28
This applies to all the others who will not move away for less money, so as I have said on numerous occasions, these players returning to Finch Farm for pre-season training will have a toxic effect.
I think the only deals that Moshiri will sanction will be for Zouma and Gomes but, as the days pass by, it looks unlikely either will be plying their trade at Goodison Park next season.
11 Posted 27/05/2019 at 19:54:50
He has a contract, he needs to be told we will make up the difference in what he is set to lose, that's the only way a lot of our fringe players will leave.
12 Posted 27/05/2019 at 20:04:54
Under the way Silva plays, I think he will always be an asset coming off the bench late-on, when defences are tiring, but I don't think he fits into the way Silva sets us up. Still, he knows where the net is but maybe he'll end up in a league where a system suits his style.
13 Posted 27/05/2019 at 20:07:33
14 Posted 27/05/2019 at 20:11:20
15 Posted 27/05/2019 at 20:11:50
16 Posted 27/05/2019 at 20:15:56
17 Posted 27/05/2019 at 20:22:05
That is true to a certain extent but you minimize the risk by doing a proper assessment of a player before taking the plunge. Moyes was so careful with the little funds he had but his successors have been like kids in a sweetshop and bought on instinct.
18 Posted 27/05/2019 at 22:14:34
Needs moving on asap.
19 Posted 27/05/2019 at 22:37:51
I think a lot of Everton's problems have arisen because we are too soft. Let's face it, most of the highly successful teams are sprinkled with nasty bastards who aren't arsed whether or not people think he is 'a nice fella'.
We need to be trying to get a few Roy Keanes, Vinnie Jones and dare I say it, Souness-type of twats to enforce our reputation on opponents.
20 Posted 27/05/2019 at 23:07:27
No, most of the highly successful teams are not sprinkled with "nasty bastards" anymore.
Guys like Vinnie Jones couldn't stay on the pitch 20 minutes in the modern game. They're not even around anymore.
What passed for routine fouls in the 20th century now bring flurries of yellow and red in the 21st.
And as for "moving him on", modern contracts mean you can't do that unless the player is willing to go.
21 Posted 28/05/2019 at 06:48:37
Just in case you weren't around during that era, Souness and Keane were brilliant midfielders capable of everything needed and intelligent, so I believe they could have played today.
To call Tosun shite is over the top. Vinny Jones was shite all day long and really shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as the first two if you want to be taken seriously.
22 Posted 28/05/2019 at 08:02:27
23 Posted 28/05/2019 at 17:33:54
I'm not saying this to criticise Moyes — he and his team plucked many a gem for a pittance — just pointing out that what appears like poor buys, like Schneiderlin, Tosun and Bolaise, do occur.
24 Posted 28/05/2019 at 18:13:04
I understand your point but the proportion of "failures" brought in is much higher recently IMO, and most on big contracts:
Kone, Bolasie, Vlasic, Martina, Williams, Tosun, Niasse, Tarashaj, Sandro, Rooney, Walcott, Mina etc.
25 Posted 29/05/2019 at 07:48:58
Cenk: Answer A: "Yes, I am happy here." [under his breath - "I'm getting £65k per week!"]
Cue: Outrage on ToffeeWeb – not worth it; get rid; waste of space.
Answer B: "No, I want to play regularly and for a Champions League club like my last one."
Cue: Outrage on ToffeeWeb – no loyalty; who does he think he is?
Players being interviewed are just like Huddersfield – they can't win.
26 Posted 29/05/2019 at 09:02:36
Fault lies squarely with the club.
27 Posted 29/05/2019 at 19:59:32
He looks total pants to me. Far too slow for the Premier League. I don't care whether he was a Walsh signing or a present to us from Fat Sam, hes simply not good enough
And Farhad Moshiri sanctioning his 65K pw on top of the 27m fee says all we need to know about our owner's footballing knowledge!!
28 Posted 29/05/2019 at 20:39:05
Can he come good? No because he runs all over the place but doesn't have the necessary acceleration nor positioning instinct that the very best strikers need.
Club to blame? Not a chance, they were resource constrained and were trying to get that holy grail of a good player at great value. 20/20 vision is brilliant in hindsight. I'd sooner look at the great deals they've done in recent times like Zouma and Gomes on loan and the purchase of Mina who has a decent chance of making it.
29 Posted 30/05/2019 at 19:38:36
Based on our general transfer dealings over the last couple of years, I'd suggest Everton stuff whatever algorithm they're using down the toilet and flush it away.
Better still, gift it to them across the park.
A blind donkey would have bought better for less money!
30 Posted 30/05/2019 at 19:48:03
Because of the "Moshiri fund" availablity, we seemed to buy out of desperation rather than proper research.
31 Posted 31/05/2019 at 00:08:57
Will he be given another season to break through? Can we somehow get another yard of pace into him? Difficult, I know... but I would keep him a bit longer.
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