'I Will Run Until I Drop For Everton', Vows Tosun

by Paul McNamara

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Cenk Tosun is promising to “run until I drop” in order to score the goals that will fire Everton up the Premier League table.

Turkey international striker Tosun completed a move to Goodison Park from Besiktas last week and could be poised for his debut when the Blues take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday.

The 26-year-old arrives on Merseyside in a rich vein of form, having hit the net 14 times in 24 matches already this term – including a strike on his farewell appearance for Besiktas on 28 December – to add to the 24 goals he plundered in his club’s title-winning campaign last season.

And Tosun, whose 2017/18 tally includes four Champions League goals in six matches, is confident he can transfer his scoring form on to the Premier League stage.

“I would like to promise everyone here that I will run until I drop and I will work very hard for this club,” Tosun told evertonfc.com.

“I think I am ready [to assume the responsibility of scoring goals for Everton]. We have a very good team. Maybe we had an unlucky first half of the season with regards to scoring goals but there are some quality strikers in this team and in the second half of the season I am hoping to score a lot more goals.

“I can say that I am a very good and dangerous striker when I am in the penalty box. I believe this. It is a great plus that I can use both of my feet. If I get a chance in the penalty box, I usually score. I can also say that I am very strong, which is very important in England. But there are still things about me that I can work at and improve.”

Tosun was a prolific goalscorer with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Under-19 team in Germany, before leaving for Turkish Super Lig outfit Gaziantepspor in January 2011.
His form in Gaziantep won him full international recognition with Turkey – after he switched allegiance from Germany, who he represented at every age-group level from Under-16 to Under-21 – and, in 2014, a move to Besiktas.

The forward admits it was a wrench to quit the Istanbul club on the cusp of their Champions League last-16 meeting with German powerhouse Bayern Munich - Besiktas' first appearance at this stage of the competition since 1987.

But the pull of Everton was irresistible for a player who insists his top-end European experience will help him adapt to the intensity and quality of England’s top-flight.

“To leave a big club like Besiktas and their big supporters to open a new chapter in my career was not easy,” said Tosun.

“There was a very special bond between me and the supporters there. I have scored very important goals and earned very important points, won important cups and experienced becoming the champions of the league twice.

“Besiktas really has a big place in my life. I should thank these clubs; Gaziantepspor and, especially, Besiktas.

“The Bayern Munich game is a big game in the Champions League and everyone in the world will be watching.

“But, for me, it was the right time to move on and have a new experience in my life. It is a great source of happiness to sign for a team like Everton.

“I have been feeling really great physically for the past two years. I scored a lot of goals last year. It was the best season of my career. This year in the Champions League I scored four goals and had two assists in six games.

“The English League is a very good league and you need to think as if every week you are playing in the Champions League. I believe that I will adjust to playing in this league.

“My body feels great at the moment, I am at the best age as a footballer and, God willing, I will improve more and better myself as a player.”

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