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Everton boss Allardyce explains why he dropped Tosun for Arsenal clash

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has spoken about why Cenk Tosun was dropped to the bench for his side’s loss against Arsenal on Saturday.

Big Sam has revealed that Tosun who arrived at Goodisan Park last month for £27 million was dropped to the bench for the recent games against Leicester City and Arsenal because he is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.

However Allardyce is confident that the Turkish forward will eventually be able to adapt to life in England.

Tosun was brought to Everton last month in order to bolster the side after they were lacking firepower in front of goal during the first half of the season and it remains to be seen whether he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.

“He’s had service to him that he’s not held up and he’s found it a bit of a struggle at this level because of the pace and the physicality of the game,” Allardyce said.

“So his service hasn’t been too bad but his hold up play hasn’t been like it was at Besiktas so that’s why he’s not starting the games at the minute because he’s finding it tough going like every player does, particularly when they come in January.

“I said we wanted goals, he scored goals in the Champions League and with Besiktas but may not hit the ground running for us. He hasn’t done that yet, I’m sure he will do eventually.

“I’m more concerned about the other players than I am about Cenk. I’m more likely to feed him slowly and give him a bit more time over the next few weeks and hopefully by the end of the season he starts games.”