Everton boss Sam Allardyce has admitted that his clubs £26 million January signing CenkTosun is not fit to play in the Premier League.
Allardyce believes that Tosun, who helped Besiktas qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League this season, lacks the fitness levels to complete in the English top-flight.
Tosun arrived at the Toffees in January in order to help bolster the clubs strike force after they struggled in front of goal during the first-half of the season particularly due to the loss of RomeluLukaku last summer.
Allardyce believes that while Tosun’s fitness levels may have been acceptable in Turkey, they are not good enough for English football.
“It is a struggle in the Premier League,” Allardyce stated at the post-game press conference when asked about Tosun’s absence.
“They [Fitness levels] were up to scratch when he was playing but there is more demand at this level to get to the level and show the ability he has got.
“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.
“You have seen as many as I have.”