5 Things About Cenk Tosun

Cenk Tosun became Everton’s first signing of the January transfer window after sealing a switch from Besiktas on Friday.
 
Here are five lesser-known facts about the new Blues striker you may not have known…

1. Born in Wetzlar, Germany, Cenk Tosun represented Germany Under-21s, making two appearances for the side and scoring a penalty against England in a 2-0 win in 2010. But the prolific striker opted to represent Turkey at senior level and has netted eight goals in 25 outings for his country.

2. Tosun is affectionately known in his homeland as “Pa┼ča”, an Ottoman word translating to someone with a higher rank in the Ottoman Empire Military System, such as a general.

3. Tosun's Champions League wonder strike against Porto in September was awarded the goal-of-the-group-stage prize. The effort was worthy of the accolade, a 30-yard screamer into the top corner in a 3-1 away victory. 

4. Tosun claimed he learnt many of his traits from German legend Mario Gomez when the pair played together for Besiktas in 2015/16. Tosun compares himself to Gomez, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his playing style. Another hero Tosun admires is Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta.

5. Tosun scored his first European goal against Tottenham Hotspur as the Turkish giants recorded a 1-0 win over the English club in a Europa League tie back in 2014. He has also scored against Ederson, the now Manchester City goalkeeper, with a stunning acrobatic volley into the bottom corner in 2016 in a Champions League tie against Benfica.

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