Cenk Tosun’s Everton season so far consists of 31 minutes across two Premier League substitute appearances.
He came in from the cold against Newcastle, with Everton trailing, and got ten minutes near the end of the 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
In his pre-match press conference before the game against Burnley, Carlo Ancelotti was asked about the Turkish international.
He was full of praise for Tosun despite the fact he’s been an unused substitute in the last two games.
Cenk is doing really well, his recovery was not simple but good,” said Ancelotti.
“His condition is improving, the fact that we have a lot of games in December I think he’s going to find space to play.
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“I think he is really good and efficient in the box and I like his quality.”
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has hit form this season, and is rightly Everton’s top striker – but is Tosun good enough as backup?
Ancelotti let Theo Walcott and Moise Kean leave on loan and they are both flying with Southampton and PSG.
That raises questions over those decisions and puts pressure on Tosun to step up as Calvert-Lewin’s deputy.
If the England international is out injured for any length of time, lots of onus would go onto Richarlison to take on the burden and perhaps he’d move inside to lead the line as well.
Ancelotti has talked up Tosun in any case, but it remains to be seen when his first start of the season will come.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive