Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that £27m January signing Cenk Tosun, who is earning £145,000-a-week with the Toffees according to The Sun, is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League, and he has told him what he needs to do to turn his career with them around.
The Merseyside outfit failed to sign a direct Romelu Lukaku replacement during the summer transfer window after the Belgium international had joined Manchester United, and they thought they may have finally done it when they brought Tosun to Goodison Park at the start of January.
However, despite starting against Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion last month he has played just 13 minutes of their last three Premier League matches, and he was an unused substitute in the 3-1 win against Crystal Palace at Goodison on Saturday.
Allardyce spoke of the Turkey international’s struggles following the success against the Eagles, and he has told the 27-year-old what he must do to become a regular fixture in the side.
Speaking via Sky Sports, Allardyce 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.
“It will be important for him to train really, really hard.
“There is no doubting his goal-scoring ability but you have to have the capabilities to get in those positions to score those goals and that is the hard bit.”
Everton certainly moved a step closer to securing their top flight status for another season with the win over Roy Hodgson’s men, and Tosun will be hoping that he is handed more opportunities to impress and take on his manager’s advice in the coming weeks.