Tosun: Blues' Attacking Talent Can Boost My Game

by Peter Lennox

Cenk Tosun believes the attacking talent in Everton’s ranks can keep improving him as a player – and help the Blues extend their impressive home form on Saturday against Brighton at Goodison.

Tosun netted his first goal for the Toffees at the weekend, his bullet header opening the scoring against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Turkish international finished clinically after Seamus Coleman flicked on Theo Walcott’s cross - arching his neck and generating the power in his header to give Nick Pope no chance in the Clarets’ goal.

After opening his Toffees account, Tosun is now aiming to keep on the goalscoring trail when the Seagulls visit Goodison Park.

He believes the Blues squad boasts the firepower to hit straight back from their weekend setback and says Everton's attacking threat will only increase as the players familiarise themselves with each other.

The 26-year-old is also confident the Club’s forward talent, manager Sam Allardyce and his experienced backroom team will improve his all-round game.

“We have a lot of quality players up front,” Tosun said. “Theo Walcott, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, Oumar Niasse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yannick Bolasie - a lot of players.

“It’s great for me to play with them and when I get to know them fully it will be better still. The Dubai camp was good for me, getting to know my new teammates and it will be even better for me going forward.

“I know the players around me and the coaches here will improve my game, so I will get better, too, I believe.

“Spending every day around the guys means that we know one another better now. I’ve settled in very well and I have the support from my teammates, the manager and his coaching staff.”

While Tosun’s emphatic finish was the highlight of his performance at Turf Moor, his all-round game also impressed.

His pass completion rate of 74.1 per cent was the highest of anyone in the Blues’ starting XI, while he also showcased his intent by making the most probing, forward passes in the attacking half.

As well as his goal, he created two scoring chances for his teammates, and the fact Tosun won five of the eight duels he contested highlights how he is continuing to acclimatise to the English game.

The ex-Besiktas striker is now focused on building on this performance on Saturday as Sam Allardyce’s side aim to continue their excellent form at Goodison – Everton have taken 20 points from the past 27 available at the Grand Old Lady.

“We have to try to put Burnley in the past as fast as possible and focus on the Brighton game because we are really good at Goodison Park in front of our fans,” he said.

“It will be a tough game but I hope we play the game that we have to and take the three points against Brighton.”

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