Darren Bent claims that Everton striker Cenk Tosun is still at Goodison Park due to the lack of form of Marco Silva’s other attacking options.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England hitman says that the only reason the Turkish international is back among the first-team is due to the failings of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean.
The Italian forward is yet to score for the Toffees since joining from Juventus over the summer, while the English attacker has three goals in his 10 Premier League appearances this season.
Bent says that Everton would have probably let Tosun depart Goodison Park if any of the other centre-forward options had proven they could lead the line effectively, with the 28-year-old starting the club’s last game against Southampton.
Talking about Tosun’s return to the starting XI, Bent told Football Insider: “Do you know what that is? That’s because no one has stepped up and took that spot for their own.
“If Calvert-Lewin had stepped up and scored goals, or Richarlison had played down the middle or even Moise Kean had been scoring goals, I think they would have let him go.
“Because Calvert-Lewin’s not pulling up any strings, he hasn’t really done anything, Moise Kean’s yet to score his first Premier League goal, Richarlison’s better when he plays out wide – Bernard’s injured so they need him out there – I think that’s why they’ve kept him around.
“He’s kind of running out of options.”
Tosun’s start against Southampton was his first of the season, having featured as a substitute in two Premier League and two League Cup games earlier in the campaign.
He has 10 goals in 48 appearances for the Toffees, as well as 42 caps for Turkey under his belt.