Crystal Palace opinion: Should the Eagles revive interest in Cenk Tosun?
He may have arrived with a lot of aplomb but Cenk Tosun has failed to live up to any potential that he may have shown when he first arrived. Things have changed and while he was heavily linked with a move away in January, those rumours have also settled down.
Crystal Palace were heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old but nothing ever materialized which is what needs to happen now, because if the Eagles had one issue this season, it was their serious lack of firepower.
They failed to score barely anything this season, with January loanee Michy Batshuayi scoring more than Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew, Connor Wickham and Aleksandar Sorloth combined.
Things need to change, especially when a defensive midfielder tasked with taking penalties is the club’s top scorer.
Sure, Wilfried Zaha contributed with 10 goals but those came sporadically and with multiple droughts along the way. It’s exactly where Cenk Tosun walks into the field and with time, the 28-year-old would most certainly be able to make a big impact.
The Turkish star has struggled to make any impact under Marco Silva, scoring just 3 goals in 25 appearances after a bright start last season.
Having arrived in the 2018 January window, the former Besiktas striker scored 5 goals in 14 Premier League appearances, which included a three game scoring streak.
However, this season, Marco Silva’s tactics clearly don’t suit the target-man and his goals have dried up. His assists tally has improved, with him creating four goals but that isn’t going to be enough for Everton.
They need someone else and Tosun is far from the mobile forward that the Toffees need. Crystal Palace need a powerful target-man and Tosun does some of his best work by holding up the ball.
A penalty box predator, Tosun flourishes inside the box and has a brilliant aerial ability which are his main strengths. For Palace, his addition could be just the thing they need to replace the struggling Christian Benteke but they’ll have to move fast.
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Crystal Palace need a new striker more than anything and adding someone like Cenk Tosun will help them move forward. The struggles that Christian Benteke has had over the last few years have been downright incredible and it’s why things need to change before they get a lot worse.