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    Sam Allardyce: 'New Everton signing Cenk Tosun struggling to adapt to Premier League'


    Joe Jones

    Everton boss Sam Allardyce has admitted that new signing Cenk Tosun is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.

    The Turkish striker has so far failed to break into the Everton side, starting just two games since arriving from Besiktas.

    The £27m recruit was an unused substitute against Crystal Palace on Saturday with injuries forcing Allardyce into using all three of his replacements.

    Allardyce said: "He is struggling with the pace of the Premier League which happens to more players than it doesn't who come in in January. It will be important for him to train really, really hard.

    "When it is chucking it down with rain, it is not that he is not used to it, he is, but it's freezing.

    "There is no doubting his goal-scoring ability but you have to have the capabilities to get in those positions to score those goals and that is the hard bit.

    "It is not unusual to see a centre-forward struggle when they first come we have seen many, many over the years do that.

    "We have got to try and be patient and because the team is winning without him we can be patient at the moment.

    "When we are safe and moving forward we will still try and finish as high up as we can but we will have an opportunity to put him on the pitch, the most important thing for me at the moment is securing our Premier League status and going from there."

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