Burnley took all three points with a 2-1 win against West Ham in the Premier League at Turf Moor on Saturday, which solidifies their high-flying position in seventh.
Cenk Tosun gave the Toffees a 20th-minute lead heading in from Theo Walcott’s pass in an opening 45 minutes where the Turkish forward put the home-side under a great deal of pressure.
Ashley Barnes levelled matters with a 56th-minute effort that Jordan Pickford could do nothing about in goal, before Chris Wood won it for the home side late on.
It was Tosun’s return to the starting XI after Everton manager Sam Allardyce had publicly stated that his £27million signing from Besiktas was struggling to deal with the physicality of the English top-flight.
But against the Clarets, there were no such issues as the striker put on a fine performance where the link up play between Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott and the Turk caused Burnley no end of problems.
Not only was he sharp in attack but defensively speaking, he did plenty of the dirty work too, jogging back to help out his teammates whenever they looked in danger.
And now, with this his first goal in an Everton shirt, the Turkish international has shown that he can perform in the Premier League.
It didn’t help his side today, although it’s a promising sign for the future.
Here is a selection of Twitter responses following Tosun’s first goal for the Toffees:
who would have thought it, attacking football works!
— Michael Ian (@planty2403) March 3, 2018
LETS GOOOOOOOOOO MY TURKISH TALISMAN
— Joshua Christian Gilbert (@Gilbino_) March 3, 2018
Get in cenk!!!
— Jordan Gifkins (@JGifkins) March 3, 2018
Cenk Tosun was good today mad that he took him off, Sigurdsson and Walcott with massive opportunities should of won
— Simon Joseph Villiers (@simonjv91) March 3, 2018
First of many for cenk I hope,
— john fincham (@Finchamjohn) March 3, 2018
Just wondering why he took off our best player in Tosun. Left on DCL when he was clearly not in the game. And Keane and Williams are…well….*fart noise*
— Clever Little Tramps (@CLTramps) March 3, 2018
In other Everton news, ‘Clueless’, ‘No creativity’ – Toffees fans react to starting XI.