'His time to shine' - Exclusive: Whelan claims rarely-seen Everton player winning over Silva
Everton striker Cenk Tosun is winning manager Marco Silva over with his hard work and desire after a difficult start to life at Goodison Park, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Turkish hitman has shown the right sort of attitude to force his way back into the first-team reckoning after falling behind Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean in the pecking order.
Tosun, who started just 10 Premier League games last season, featured just once in the club’s opening 10 top-flight games of the current campaign but started their last outing against Southampton.
Whelan says that the 28-year-old has shown the desire to earn his place in the side and that his attitude is the reason why Silva has brought him back into the fray of late.
Whelan told Football Insider: “What you’re seeing is a change in attitude. We keep talking about off-the-field, people who aren’t doing it, contract disputes, we’re talking about how you need fight within a side – he’s obviously fighting for his place and that’s great to see.
“It’s refreshing to see and the manager will reward that hard work and attitude from players. He’s a great player, he’s got the European Championships to look forward to with Turkey, so he’s one of these players you would hope that when he went to Everton, he would shine.
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“He’s had a difficult spell, he’s not hit the heights that everyone expected him to but he’s obviously worked hard enough on the training ground and he’s being rewarded for that. He’s a great striker and if you give him the right service, he’ll score goals. It’s his time to shine and to try and take that.”
Tosun has a total of 10 goals in 48 appearances for the Toffees, 42 of those games coming in the Premier League.
The 42-cap international’s only goal of the current campaign came as an injury-time equaliser against Tottenham earlier in November.