Allardyce pleads patience for Everton signing Cenk Tosun

Allardyce pleads patience for Everton signing Cenk Tosun

Everton boss Sam Allardyce says new signing Cenk Tosun has to work harder on his fitness if he is to cope with life in the Premier League.

"I am in a completely different league", Tosun is quoted as saying by Turkish-Football.com.

"Oumar's goals-per-game ratio is good and he appears, at the moment, to be the best player to score goals for us".

"I am just focused on my game and training hard. I am going to be a lot fitter in a fortnight's time and then return to the starting 11".

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Everton head off to Dubai to train in warmer climes for the next few days, where according to Sam Allardyce the players can play "on the grass in short sleeves and shorts and a pair of boots players don't want to stop training".

But by no means has he swiftly established himself in the starting XI at Goodison Park, starting just two Premier League games and failing to score. "It is not that he is not used to it but it is freezing cold". Exactly a month later, he should be rounding into his best fitness since he's been at Everton.

Allardyce left Tosun on the bench for Everton's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend and admitted afterwards that the marquee January signing is "struggling to adapt". Or watch as Morgan Schneiderlin goes on to a chorus of more boos.