Former striker Kevin Campbell insists Everton’s “fantastic” attacking supply line can help fire Cenk Tosun towards a 20-goal season.
Campbell, who scored 51 times in 164 games for the Toffees, has been impressed by a summer recruitment drive that has seen Brazil duo Bernard and Richarlison come in to support existing creative talents Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Back in 1999, Campbell fed off the likes of Olivier Dacourt, Don Hutchison and Francis Jeffers as he netted nine times in his first eight games for the Club to help Everton preserve their Premier League status.
And the man who would go on to skipper the Blues for a season in 2001-02, believes Tosun can be the beneficiary of a menacing modern-day front line that will strike fear into its opponents.
“When I came in I hadn’t played for a few weeks but I looked at the players and thought, ‘Look at that supply line. Get yourself up to speed and you can get yourself some goals’,” Campbell recalled in an evertontv interview that is available now exclusively to Season Ticket, Lounge and We Are Everton Members.
”I’m sure Cenk Tosun is rubbing his hands together because with those players in midfield and out wide supplying him crosses, he’s going to be licking his lips. He knows there’s going to be a lot more chances coming his way with this group of players.
“He is a good finisher and he hasn’t had a sustained supply line to know where his chances are going to come from.
“But he’s going to excel, I believe, when everyone beds in, and long may that continue.
“If he could get double figures, 15 or 20 goals, that would be great.”
Campbell had to hold out until his third outing in royal blue to open his goalscoring account, a brace against Coventry City triggering further doubles against Newcastle and Charlton and a hat-trick against Everton’s opponents this weekend, West Ham United.
Richarlison had no such wait, bagging two on his debut against Wolves, before following that up by registering on his Goodison bow against Southampton.
The 21-year-old continued that rich vein of form for Brazil on Wednesday morning, striking twice on his first senior start for his country.
However, while the former Watford forward has proved an instant hit on Merseyside, Campbell believes it’s the variety in Everton’s armoury that is set to make Silva’s side a success.
“I think he [Silva] has brought some fantastic players in," said Campbell. "Everyone was crying out for players at the back and youth has come in there.
"Richarlison came in, and getting Bernard for nothing was a great bit of business. Andre Gomes, I remember watching him at Valencia and thinking, ‘Woah, he’s good’. It just makes that competition for places even more at the football club.
Campbell's flying start for the Blues saw him named the Premier League's Player of the Month in April 1999.
“When you haven’t got just one player to worry about as the opposition that causes all sorts of mayhem because it could be Theo’s day, it could be Bernard’s day, it could be Gylfi’s day… Cenk Tosun’s. Richarlison’s proved he can score goals.
“That’s five threats just there and five goal threats means you’ve got a team.”
Watch our exclusive video interview with Campbell to see him talk more about Richarlison, Silva and Marcel Brands, his own stellar career with the Toffees, THAT goal at Anfield, his pride at being named captain of the Club and why Goodison and Evertonians remain so close to his heart.
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