When Cenk Tosun arrived at Everton in the January transfer window, some fans would have felt that the team’s lacklustre performances in front of goal would come to an end.
The Turkish international, though, took time to find his feet and convince manager Sam Allardyce to give him a chance.
Across January and February, the forward made just four appearances and it is only in his last two outings when he has played a full 90 minutes.
Tosun’s last three appearances in the Premier League has seen him net three goals, two of which came in the Toffees’ most recent hard-fought 2-1 win over Stoke City.
Everything is looking rosy in the garden for the striker at the moment, but BBC pundit Garth Crooks has suggested that Tosun’s place in the team could be short-lived.
In his Team of the Week piece for BBC Sport, Crooks suggested that the forward will need to score 20 goals in order to stay put.
“I haven’t been totally convinced by Tosun’s performances since he arrived at Goodison Park and I rather suspect neither has Sam Allardyce. To suddenly single Tosun out for special praise is a sure indication of the manager’s relief that the striker [who wasn’t cheap] is now hitting the back of the net on a more regular basis.
“His two goals against Stoke, in appalling conditions, smacked of a natural striker’s instincts. Allardyce now suggests 40 points allows Everton the luxury of building for next season. I suggest those building blocks centre on Tosun scoring 20 goals otherwise both manager and striker could end up on Everton’s cutting-room floor.”