Hertha Berlin and Schalke have shown interest in Everton striker Cenk Tosun. West Brom and Besiktas also remain keen on the Turk.
Everton signed Cenk Tosun in 2018 January transfer window for £27 million to fill in the shoes of Romelu Lukaku who had left the Toffees in 2017. The Turk arrived with a reputation of being an instinctive, deadly poacher. The stats were in his favour, scoring 24 goals in 47 games for Besiktas in the preceding season.
Many believed that he‘s the right man for the number nine role and had the qualities to succeed at Goodison. However, almost three years after his arrival in England, it is safe to say that he has not fulfilled the expectations. The 29 year old has never found himself settled in the Premier League, constantly struggling to find the back of the net and failing to convince the manager.
10 goals in 57 Everton games is not the kind of return you expect from a traditional No.9. Many reports have stated that Tosun could move out of Everton with West Brom in the mix. The relegation threatened side recently appointed Sam Allardyce as their manager which could see Tosun sign for the Baggies to complete reunification with Allardyce.
West Brom would prefer a loan deal but they are not alone in Tosun’s pursuit. According to NTV Spor (via Sport Witness), Bundesliga club duo Hertha Berlin and Schalke have contacted Everton over Tosun’s availability and begun the preliminary efforts to sign the 29 year old. The report adds that Besiktas are plotting a return for the Turk, where he shot to fame.
Everton maintain their stance of keeping the 29 year old to avoid shortage of options in the striking department. Tosun on the other hand could consider moving out in order to get regular playing time ahead of the Euros in the summer.
Is it the end of the road for Cenk Tosun at Everton?
There is genuine interest for Tosun in the January transfer market. He is not going to be preferred over Dominic Calvert-Lewin even in the wildest of his dreams. His stay at Everton hasn’t yielded sweet fruits. Perhaps, change of team, style can help him return to his usual self. He had a cordial relationship with Allardyce, so a move to West Brom could be on the cards.
With Besiktas, Schalke and Hertha Berlin also in the running, it could very quickly become an intense four way battle for Tosun. However, if Tosun does leave, the Toffees will have to hunt for a striker in the current market who can play backup to Calvert-Lewin.