Cenk Tosun is looking forward to developing his burgeoning understanding with “quality” Everton widemen Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie.
Turkey international striker Tosun blasted home his first Goodison Park goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, to add to his maiden strike for the Club in last week’s game at Burnley.
The 26-year-old rifled in off the bar against Brighton after cleverly dovetailing with raiding left-back Leighton Baines. His effort seven days earlier was the product of a forceful run and cross from fellow January signing Walcott – while England attacker Walcott harried Albion defender Gaetan Bong into diverting into his own net from a sumptuous Bolasie cross to open the scoring this weekend.
Following their latest Goodison success, Everton have amassed 23 points from the past 30 on offer at home – 20 from 27 since boss Sam Allardyce, who quickly identified Tosun as his primary striking target following his appointment back in November, watched the 4-0 victory over West Ham United on the eve of his official unveiling.
With inventive trio Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies also providing a rich source of ammunition from deep, Tosun is convinced he will be supplied with the opportunities to maintain his potent touch in front of goal.
“We have a lot of quality players in the team and it feels good for me to play with them,” Tosun told evertontv.
“They have helped me to settle in, on and off the pitch. And I hope it will be even better as we get to know each more in the next few weeks.
“Both wingers are really good and send in excellent crosses. We talked about it before the match, they said to me, ‘If we have the ball, just get in the box and we will cross to you’.”
Tosun arrived at Goodison from Besiktas in a prolific vein of form early in the new year. He had hit the net 14 times in 24 appearances – 19 from the start – for the Istanbul superpower club this term, including four goals to secure his former side’s progress to the Champions League knockout stage.
He also plundered 20 league goals last term to propel Besiktas to their 13th domestic title.
Bolasie's first Everton campaign following his move from Crystal Palace, meanwhile, was derailed by a knee injury midway through last season. He returned at West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day 2017 after more than 12 months on the sidelines – but with the Toffees keen to adopt a cautious approach over their scintillating winger’s comeback, the clash with Brighton marked just Bolasie’s fifth start this term.
And after lining up in an Everton team with the 28-year-old DR Congo international for only the second time, Tosun is licking his lips at the prospect of operating in tandem with his new colleague for a sustained period.
“He had a big injury and it was difficult for him but you saw in Saturday’s match that he is feeling better,” said Tosun.
“He is improving and feeling sharper. We talked about the match afterwards and he is like me: if he continues working he will be even better in the next few weeks.”
Tosun has already demonstrated his versatility in front of goal during his embryonic Everton career.
The German-born hitman powered home a bullet header after Seamus Coleman had flicked on Walcott’s delivery at Burnley.
Against Brighton, the mobile forward exhibited the cold-eyed instincts typical of the most lethal marksmen to drill the ball, right footed, into the Park End net via the underside of the crossbar.
In his brief time in England, Tosun has been on target with 50% of his shots. His ability to knit play together was underlined by him locating the intended recipient with 79.3 per cent of his 29 passes in the meeting with Brighton – a statistic which becomes even more impressive in the context of Tosun scheming in advanced areas of the pitch, where he will naturally put the ball at risk.
Above all, though, Tosun – who was making only his fourth start for Everton against Brighton – was ecstatic about scoring his first goal in front of his new supporters.
“I cannot describe it,” he said. “It was better than last week because we won. Last week was my first goal but this was a better feeling because it was at home and we got the three points.
“It was a great feeling and I was very excited.”