Everton boss Sam Allardyce reckons that Cenk Tosun – who lived in Frankfurt where temperatures regularly hit freezing – can’t cope with the cold English weather and is struggling to adapt to the Premier League.
After handing Tosun a “generous” 142 minutes of football in the Premier League since he signed, Allardyce has stated that the Turkish international, who also scored goals for fun in the Champions League, is struggling to adapt to the pace of the game.
The former Bolton man said that Tosun may be given more chance to adapt to the game once the Blues are safe from relegation, which is two wins away at most – hardly the perilous position some might believe with 12 games to go.
Allardyce said: “He is struggling with the pace of the Premier League which happens to more players than it doesn’t who come in in January.
“It will be important for him to train really, really hard.
“There is no doubting his goal-scoring ability but you have to have the capabilities to get in those positions to score those goals and that is the hard bit.
“It is not unusual to see a centre-forward struggle when they first come we have seen many, many over the years do that.
“We have got to try and be patient and because the team is winning without him we can be patient at the moment.
“When we are safe and moving forward we will still try and finish as high up as we can but we will have an opportunity to put him on the pitch, the most important thing for me at the moment is securing our Premier League status and going from there.”