Everton will be looking for an instant impact from new striker Cenk Tosun if he is handed a debut against Tottenham this weekend.
Having failed to score in three of their previous four Premier League games, the Toffees are in desperate need of a spark up front and have given Besiktas a reported £27million for Tosun to try and remedy those issues.
Here we look at whether Tosun can have an impact on Everton like the one Harry Kane has had on Spurs ahead of their Premier League clash at Wembley (live on BT Sport 1, 5:30pm kick-off)
Tosun’s goalscoring feats
If Tosun is even half as prolific as Kane, who scored 56 goals for club and country in 2017, his signing will be seen as a success. Tosun, 26, netted 41 times in 96 Turkish Super Lig games since the start of the 2014-15 season and it was that return which piqued Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s interest. With 11 goals in his past 16 appearances for Besiktas and Turkey, he is a player in form. The question is whether he can be as prolific in England – a feat Kane has made look easy.
The missing puzzle piece?
Tosun can be assured of regular football at Goodison Park, where both Allardyce and his predecessor Ronald Koeman spoke of their need to acquire a striker. The Toffees’ big recruitment drive over the summer did not include an out-and-out centre forward and youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been left to handle the load, virtually alone. Allardyce has shored up the defence since arriving on Merseyside, and Everton have a plethora of creative players, including Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Yannick Bolasie, ready to serve a striker. The hope is Tosun can be the difference maker they need.
A lack of chances
Everton fans have been crying out for a striker to put the ball in the net. The trouble is, Tosun will need chances to do so. In a 0-0 draw with Chelsea before Christmas Allardyce’s men failed to have a single shot on target in a home Premier League game for the first time in six years. In their next home game, a 2-0 loss to Manchester United, they once again failed to register an effort on target. Everton have to create more if Tosun is to thrive, or he has no chance of having a similar impact to the one Kane has had on Tottenham.
A suitability to England?
Many signings from abroad, particular those who arrive mid-season in January, take time to settle. Tosun’s style would seem suited to England, where he is likely to play as a lone striker under Allardyce. He looks to have the physical attributes to thrive in the Premier League, even if at around six foot he does not quite have the height of other centre forwards. At Besitkas he won back-to-back titles but he may have to get used to working out of possession more now he is at Everton, starting at Wembley on Saturday, where Kane and Spurs might be assured of more opportunities.