Everton captain Phil Jagielka has backed striker Cenk Tosun to overcome his early struggles and go on to be a success at Goodison Park.
The Toffees shelled out £27 million to sign the forward from Turkish outfit Besiktas last month, but the 26-year-old has made just three appearances for the Blues and is yet to find the back of the net.
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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has urged Tosun to work on his fitness in order to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League and Jagielka believes that the Turkey international will benefit from being eased into top-flight action.
“I think it’s a little bit early, he’s not played that much,” the veteran centre-back is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“There were signs in the Spurs game but then we didn’t play well as a team and that didn’t help him.
“And then the West Brom game you all know can be one of the toughest games as a striker, they’ve got physical players all over the back four.”
Their last league fixture saw Everton overcome Crystal Palace in a 3-1 win at Goodison and whilst Tosun did not make it off the substitute’s bench, Jagielka stated that winning without the Turk will help him ease into life at the club.
“The games he’s been given haven’t been the easiest for different reasons,” he added.
“So it’s a case of biding his time, he’s doing well in training, he’s settling in and also think that it’s a good thing because if we’re doing well enough without him it gives him a bit more time to get to know us and slowly get into the team.”
Tosun enjoyed a fine start to the current campaign, scoring 11 goals in 22 matches in all competitions for Besiktas, doing enough to convince Allardyce to pay big money for the forward.
Despite being in 9th place in the league standings, Everton are just eight points clear of the relegation zone and will need to register a few more wins if they are to steer clear of danger.
On Saturday, the Toffees travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford following a two-week break and there can be little doubt that Tosun will be looking to earn some minutes on the pitch and open his account for the Blues.