Everton forward Cenk Tosun is convinced he will be “even better next season” and has vowed to work tirelessly during the summer to ensure he can get off to a flying start in 2018/19.
The striker has hit five goals in 12 starts since arriving at Goodison Park from Besiktas in January, helping the Toffees secure an eighth-place Premier League finish.
The Turkey international feels he acclimatised to English football, starting the final 10 games of the season and impressive with his finishing, power, work-rate and capacity to bring teammates into play.
The variety of Tosun’s goals has been a standout feature since his arrival at the Club – he has got on the scoresheet with right and left-footed strikes, as well as with two pinpoint headers.
The quality of the 26-year-old’s finishing is highlighted by the fact he has hit the target with 42 per cent of his efforts on goal this season. To put this in context, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane has found the target with 41 per cent of his shots.
While satisfied with his start to life at Everton, the striker insists there is even more to come.
“Everyone knows that the Premier League is one of the hardest leagues to adapt to when you come from another country,” said Tosun.
“I think I have been able to do that since joining Everton and I am happy with the contribution I have made to the team but I know that when we come back for pre-season, and with a summer of hard work, that I can be even better next season.
“Joining a club in January is a challenge because you are straight in but this summer I will get a chance to fully prepare for what is ahead and I think that will bring more benefits.
“The staff at Everton, my teammates and the fans have been fantastic with me since I joined. Now it will be a chance to take a break and when we return, my focus will be to show even more of what I can do. This is a great club with very good players and we will work hard.”
As the spearhead of Everton’s attack, Tosun’s presence, touch and constant goal threat were huge positives for the Blues in the final months of the season.
The striker was also keen to praise the impact of fellow January signing, Theo Walcott.
Since arriving at the Club, the pair have made a telling contribution for the Toffees – scoring a combined total of eight goals, with Walcott weighing in with three assists.
Tosun believes their link-up will continue to flourish as they become more accustomed to each other’s qualities.
“Theo was in the same position as me as he has done very well in adapting so quickly and showing his talent,” he said.
“He has contributed with goals and assists to the team and will continue to be an important player for Everton. I’m looking forward to working with him and helping this team.”