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Everton: Allardyce made to look silly by Cenk Tosun

Everton have routinely endured transfer misery over the years, particularly during the Farhad Moshiri regime, with high-profile and often costly figures coming through the door at Goodison Park only to go on to fail to live up to the hype.

For some, such as striker Cenk Tosun, those failed additions have not been helped by raised expectations upon their arrival, with the case of the Turkey international seeing the centre-forward struggle to live up to his initial billing.

The 45-cap menace had been snapped by the Toffees for a fee of around £27m from Besiktas back in January 2018, with then-boss Sam Allardyce lauding the capture as a notable coup, suggesting that the player was “the best in Europe” at the time for that price.

Such hype may well have been more of a hindrance than a help, however, with Allardyce going on to be proved horribly wrong by his new signing, as the 6-foot menace was unable to ever truly make his mark in English football.

The one-time Eintracht Frankurt man had suggested that a deal to join Crystal Palace had been “90%” done the previous summer, with the Merseysiders likely hoping that he had moved to Selhurst Park instead, preventing them from making what would prove to be a notable, expensive mistake.

Tosun would show signs of promise with five goals from just 14 Premier League appearances in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, although was unable to build on that encouraging start the following season, with a measly return of four goals across all competitions.

Pundit Andy Gray had dubbed the German-born dud as “not good enough” amid those floundering displays when leading the line, with the player eventually making a belated switch to join the Eagles on loan in January 2020.

That temporary deal saw the struggling figure once again fail to prove his worth as he was struck down by injury just a matter of months into his time in south London, with that ACL issue subsequently ruling him out until October.

The centre-forward was then shipped off to former club Besiktas in January 2021 on another loan deal, although was again struck down by injury and illness, with it taking until this summer for the 31-year-old to finally return to Istanbul on a free transfer, following the expiry of his contract at Goodison Park.

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In the end, the £1.8m-rated man had scored just 11 times and registered only six assists in his 61 appearances for the Premier League outfit prior to his recent exit, with that ‘best in Europe’ tag have gone on to look rather silly as far as Allardyce is concerned.

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