Outcast Everton striker Cenk Tosun has emerged as a target for Crystal Palace in the January transfer window, according to Fotomac.
The 29-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Palace from Everton before his time at Selhurst Park came to a premature end after he suffered an injury during training.
Chances have continued to be few and far between for Tosun at Goodison Park and he is once again considered surplus to requirements by Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti.
It’s claimed Palace could face stiff competition from his former club Besiktas, which has surely handed Steve Parish the golden opportunity to pull the plug on what could turn out to be a rather expensive mistake.
He’s simply not worth the risk, to put it mildly, as the last thing Palace need to do right now is to bring in another misfiring centre-forward on colossal wages who could struggle to find the back of the net.
Despite scoring on his Eagles debut against Manchester City, Tosun just isn’t the answer to Palace’s problems at the top of the pitch. The £6m-rated Turkey international has secured himself a hefty payday at Goodison Park and the figures from his contract are actually quite astonishing when you consider his meagre record.
The Toffees forked out £27m to get their man in 2018, handing him a lucrative package worth £60,000-per-week to persuade him to spend the next step of his career in Merseyside.
But they should be put under intense scrutiny if you put his career under the microscope, as he has only scored ten goals in 54 games in the Premier League, which is a pretty poor return for a player who was once billed as “the best in Europe” by Sam Allardyce. Say no more.
Palace are still reeling from Parish’s terrible decision to sign Alexander Sorloth from FC Midtjylland, who turned out to be a complete and utter flop. But they are in danger of repeating a similar mistake if they actively pursue Tosun, as he has done very little to suggest that he could be the solution to their lack of goals.
With Christian Benteke starting to show signs he is undergoing a resurgence in form, there are other areas that require Dougie Freedman’s attention. His top priority should be buying a young centre-back to solve their ageing defence.
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