Misfiring striker: Everton should look to sell Cenk Tosun this summer

Everton forward Cenk Tosun has admitted that he is missing Turkey and will look to leave England ‘when the timing is right’.

What’s the word, then?

Tosun told TRT Spor, via Sports Witness:

“My ultimate aim was to play in the best league in the world. For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. I worked very hard to come here, I sacrificed a lot of things. At the end, I am here now, and I am very pleased to play here.

“I am loving the life here. But of course, I am missing my country and my friends. I am not here to stay forever, I came here to represent Turkey and our flag. Of course, I want to return to Turkey when the timing is right.”

The Toffees signed Tosun from Besiktas in January 2018, with the Premier League club paying £27m to land the centre-forward.

Tosun scored five times in 14 Premier League appearances in the second half of last season and there were certainly positive signs ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 27-year-old has only managed to score twice in 21 league appearances this term, though, and has struggled for starts in recent months.

There is no question that the forward has ability, whilst his record at Besiktas – 64 goals in 142 appearances – was very good, but it has just not happened for him in England.

How will this one develop?

Tosun has not said that he will look to leave Everton this summer; far from it, claiming that he is ‘loving the life’ on Merseyside as things stand.

The Toffees will surely be looking to sign a new centre-forward at the end of the current season, though, and Tosun should be moved on in this summer’s transfer window.

The 35-time Turkey international was linked with a return to Besiktas in the latter stages of 2018.

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It is unlikely that Everton will be able to recoup the £27m that they paid in January 2018, but Marco Silva’s side would be pleased to get his wages off the bill at the bare minimum.

Tosun wants to return to Turkey ‘when the timing is right’, but Everton must look to sell this summer before signing a replacement.