Former Everton midfielder Don Hutchison is certain Cenk Tosun “will be a success” at Goodison Park.
The Toffees swooped to land highly-coveted Tosun from Turkish giants Besiktas last week and the striker could be poised for a Blues debut at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Hutchison has seen Everton’s new signing in action on a number of occasions and been sufficiently impressed by the player to inform a host of managers of his talent.
Furthermore, watching the explosive and skilful Tosun regularly dumbfound opposing defenders has put Hutchison in mind of some of the game’s finest players.
“I have seen an enormous amount of Cenk in the past 18 months – both in the Champions League and Turkish League,” Hutchison told evertonfc.com.
“I saw him have a great game against Porto in the Champions League [when Tosun set up Anderson Talisca to score Besiktas’ goal in the 1-1 draw which put the Turks into the last-16].
“Some of the pieces of skill he produced on that night were magical – he reminded me of Gazza tying Colin Hendry in knots for England against Scotland at Euro ’96.
“I have been hugely impressed by him and recommended him to a number of scouts and managers.”
Turkey international Tosun struck 20 Super Lig goals as Besiktas defended their domestic title last term and has continued in similarly prolific vein this season – netting 14 times in 24 matches before completing his switch to England.
Tosun has scored once in every 144 minutes he has spent on the pitch in league combat this term – a strike rate that stacks up favourably against plenty of the Premier League’s big guns.
The 26-year-old has been on target more regularly than, among others, Arsenal’s France international forward Alexandre Lacazette, who is scoring once every 190 minutes, Alexis Sanchez, whose goals are coming every 215 minutes, and Romelu Lukaku, finding the net once every 181 minutes for Manchester United this term.
Tosun scored his four Champions League goals this term at a rate of one every 112.5 minutes,
His ‘big chance’ conversion rate would place him in the top-10 in that category among his new English top-flight contemporaries. The Germany-born player, who has won 25 caps for Turkey since switching allegiance to the country of his parents’ birth in 2012, has a 46.67 per cent success rate for dispatching such openings in the Super Lig this term, a figure that rises to 55 per cent when his goals in other competitions are taken into account.
For context, brilliant Manchester City attacker Sergio Aguero finds the net with 45.45 per cent of clear opportunities from which he is reasonably expected to score. Sanchez’s comparative figure for Arsenal this term is 44.44 per cent, while Chelsea’s £70million striker Alvaro Morata converts 39.13 per cent of such opportunities.
Equally notable is Tosun’s capacity for scoring a variety of goals. His eight Super-Lig strikes this term have come via a mix of his left and right feet and his head. The forward’s confidence in his shooting ability is born out by the fact he has registered more than three attempts per game this term.
Only Harry Kane of the Premier League’s frontmen boasts a higher ratio of strikes at goal this term.
And it is to Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane who Hutchison turns when he seeks to draw a comparison between Tosun and an English top-flight performer.
“He is very much in the mould of Harry Kane – he is excellent with his head and a very good finisher on his left and right side,” said Hutchison, who scored 11 goals in 89 appearances during two-and-a-half years with the Blues, after signing from Sheffield United in February 1998.
“I am really glad Everton beat off stiff competition for his signature and I have absolutely no doubt he will be a success – and that the Everton fans will absolutely love him.”