Everton defender Jagielka finds positive in Tosun being benched

Cenk Tosun arrived at Everton in the January transfer window with the aim of being the club’s new hero up front.

Since Romelu Lukaku left to join Manchester United in the summer, the Toffees have missed that clinical touch in the final third.

In fact, the team have scored 32 goals in 27 Premier League games so far this season, which is seven more than Lukaku hit individually during the 2016-17 campaign.

Since Tosun’s arrival at the club from Besiktas on January 5, the forward has made just three appearances, none of which included a full 90-minute runner.

Manager Sam Allardyce has suggested to the media that the 26-year-old is not at optimum fitness, and now Phil Jagielka has claimed that the forward will benefit in the long run.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the centre-back said:

“The games he’s been given haven’t been the easiest for different reasons so it’s a case of biding his time, he’s doing well in training, he’s settling in and also think that it’s a good thing because if we’re doing well enough without him it gives him a bit more time to get to know us and slowly get into the team.”

Tosun and his teammates spent last week in Dubai at a warm-weather training camp as they were not in action at the weekend due to previous FA Cup elimination.