Cenk Tosun aiming to learn from Wayne Rooney after Everton switch
Turkey international Cenk Tosun is looking to learn from the likes of Wayne Rooney after pursuing his switch to Everton from Besiktas. The Toffees had reached a stumbling block over the asking price for the 27-year-old earlier in the week, but the departure of Ross Barkley allowed them additional funds to finalise the move.
Speaking after his £27m move, Tosun was pleased to have made the switch to Goodison Park, and he is aiming to test himself in the English top-flight. The Turk also spoke about his excitement of learning from the senior players including Wayne Rooney, who has had a strong start on his Toffees comeback.
He said: "It feels great to be an Everton player. I’m really happy to be here and happy that everything is done. I bring my skills here and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am. I believe I can be a good player in the Premier League for Everton. I’m excited to play with them and to learn from them as well, players like Wayne Rooney and the very good creative players we have here, too. They can help me score goals."
Everton failed to find a suitable replacement for Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer, and this hampered their chances of building up form during the initial stage of the campaign. As a result, Ronald Koeman was given the sack, and Sam Allardyce has since steadied the ship, although with limited options upfront.
Tosun had been Besiktas' leading scorer this term, prior to his Premier League switch, and he could potentially take up the centre-forward position ahead of Dominic Calvert-Klein and Oumar Niasse, both of whom have had decent success leading the line. Everton are currently positioned ninth in the Premier League with 27 points, seven points off the dreaded drop.