When Crystal Palace announced the signing of Cenk Tosun on loan from Everton, few could complain.
It was a player in a position which should’ve been at the top of Roy Hodgson’s wishlist, given the fact that his side struggle significantly to score goals – the Eagles have netted just 22 goals in 24 Premier League outings as things stand, the second-fewest in the division.
Incidentally, the Turkey international got off to the perfect start with a goal against Manchester City on his full debut, although his introduction to the fold has led to an unfair adjustment from Hodgson.
To accommodate the former Besiktas striker, the 72-year-old has shifted Palace’s top scorer Jordan Ayew out to the right wing.
The Ghana international had previously made 19 appearances in a central role prior to Tosun’s arrival, scoring six goals and grabbing one assist – those seven contributions are all of his goal involvements so far this term.
However, in the two games since the Turk became a Palace player, Ayew has made two appearances on the right, coming against Manchester City and Southampton.
In what has been somewhat of an unfair move from Hodgson, Ayew hasn’t reacted too well in terms of output.
In his two appearances on the right – in which he has played the full 180 minutes across both games – he has practically been non-existent.
Against Pep Guardiola’s side, he failed to have a single shot, nor did he record a key pass, while he was also dispossessed three times and had two unsuccessful touches.
Then, against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men, the former Aston Villa and Swansea forward did at least have a shot, albeit an off-target one, but had five unsuccessful touches and was dispossessed twice while failing to impact the game – he was also booked against the Citizens.
Why was the switch unfair from Hodgson? Well, prior to Tosun’s introduction, Ayew had netted six goals to become the Eagles’ top scorer this term, while each and every strike has been of huge significance – each one has earned Palace at least one point, with all six goals resulting in 14 points being won in total.
Without those 14 points, the south Londoners would be bottom of the Premier League, one point behind Norwich.
So, for Ayew to play such a huge part in the season so far, only to be shoved aside for a new, unproven striker to lead the line instead, questions have to be asked in terms of how fair that is on the Palace No.9.
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