Everton manager Sam Allardyce says that £27m January signing Cenk Tosun is struggling with his fitness and the weather having barely featured in the Premier League in recent weeks, and Toffees fans have been quick to have their say on the comments.
The Turkey international started against Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion in January following his big-money move from Besiktas, but he has since played just 13 minutes in their previous three top flight matches and he was an unused substitute in the 3-1 win against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday.
According to Sky Sports, the 63-year-old boss said: “He is struggling with the pace of the Premier League which happens to more players than it doesn’t who come in in January.
“When it is chucking it down with rain, it is not that he is not used to it, he is, but it’s freezing.”
Everton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Allardyce’s words, and while one said he’s “just making the player look stupid”, another said “he has to play him to get used to the pace and find those scoring positions”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
He's gonna struggle to get in those positions whilst sat on the bench.
— Kenny McDonald (@k3nnymc1) February 12, 2018
He has to play him to get used to the pace and find those scoring positions.
Starting to think Big Sam believes this is FM18
— Ant 'Yank' McKenna (@AntMack76) February 12, 2018
How can Allardyce say he's struggling with pace of the Premier League when the lad has hardly ever played. How does he know this, is he psychic????
— Pete Hoggarth (@Petepatriot) February 12, 2018
Allardyce makes his decisions based on the data captured during training. So laid back players like Dimitar Berbatov would never get anywhere near his team. God help us!
— Bluescepticrealist (@scepticrealist) February 12, 2018
After third goal a perfect opportunity to give Tosun some match time. We could all see it, why not Allardyce?
— Mary (@maryzgreenway) February 12, 2018
And I bet nobody challenged him on this stupid answer
— Portland Toffee (@davidgibb88) February 12, 2018
— Rob Wilcockson (@toomanythrees) February 12, 2018
Sam should have kept his counsel. Just making the player look stupid. Not needed.
— Easy (@easystrider71) February 12, 2018
Allardyce now saying tosun will play once we are safe from relegation ???? Is this clown for real we needed a striker in January , we buy one and then dont play him and make up snide excuses.
Club needs a good clear out in the summer with Walsh's P45 at the top of the pile.
— Lewis Hesketh (@heskeyefc) February 12, 2018