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Cenk Tosun (Turkish: [dʒæɲc ˈtosun]; born 7 June 1991) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Everton and the Turkey national team.

Cenk Tosun
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Tosun with Turkey in 2016
Personal information
Full name Cenk Tosun[1]
Date of birth (1991-06-07) 7 June 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Wetzlar, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 14
Youth career
1997–2009 Eintracht Frankfurt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Eintracht Frankfurt II 17 (12)
2009–2011 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (0)
2011–2014 Gaziantepspor 109 (39)
2014–2018 Beşiktaş 96 (41)
2018– Everton 41 (9)
National team
2006–2007 Germany U16 2 (1)
2008–2009 Germany U18 8 (6)
2009–2010 Germany U19 8 (6)
2010–2011 Germany U21 2 (1)
2012 Turkey U21 1 (0)
2011–2015 Turkey A2 12 (7)
2013– Turkey 40 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:25, 3 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:20, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

After making one Bundesliga appearance for Eintracht Frankfurt, he transferred to Gaziantepspor in January 2011, where he won the Spor Toto Cup in 2012. In 2014, he was signed by Beşiktaş and won two Süper Lig titles before transferring to Everton in January 2018 for a reported £27 million transfer fee.

Tosun was born in Germany and represented the country from under-16 to under-21 level. He then changed his allegiance to Turkey, for whom he made his senior international debut with in 2013, and played at UEFA Euro 2016.

Club careerEdit

Eintracht FrankfurtEdit

Born in Wetzlar in the German state of Hesse, Tosun began his career with Eintracht Frankfurt. He played mainly for the reserves in the Regionalliga. His sole first team appearance was on 8 May 2010 in the final match of the 2009–10 Bundesliga season as a 75th-minute substitute for Martin Fenin in a 3–1 loss at VfL Wolfsburg.[2]

GaziantepsporEdit

On 29 January 2011, Tosun joined Gaziantepspor for a €400,000 transfer fee.[3] He scored 10 goals in 14 league matches in his debut season. After a less successful second season, he scored double digits in the following two campaigns and helped the club win the Spor Toto Cup in 2012.[3] He scored twice in the final, a 3–1 win over Orduspor on 17 May 2012.[4]

BeşiktaşEdit

On 4 February 2014, Beşiktaş signed Tosun on a five-year contract worth nearly €500,000, effective from the 2014–15 season.[5] He chose the number 23 shirt after basketball player Michael Jordan.[3] In his first two campaigns at the Istanbul club, he was mainly a substitute, behind Demba Ba and Mario Gómez in the pecking order.[3] After Ba and Gómez left, he was a regular in the 2016–17 season, scoring 24 goals as his club won the Süper Lig title.[3] He then turned down a move to Premier League club Crystal Palace.[3]

In 2017–18, Tosun scored four goals in six match as Beşiktaş won a UEFA Champions League group containing RB Leipzig, Porto and Monaco, including both of a 2–1 win at Monaco on 17 October.[6]

EvertonEdit

On 5 January 2018, Tosun joined Premier League club Everton for a reported £27 million transfer fee, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Merseyside club.[7][8] He made his debut eight days later, playing 61 minutes of a 4–0 loss away to Tottenham Hotspur.[9] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 away loss against Burnley on 3 March.[10] Manager Sam Allardyce praised Tosun when he received criticism for the start of his Everton career.[11] Tosun and fellow new signing Theo Walcott helped an Everton side that had struggled for goals in the first half of the season as the club finished in eighth place in the 2017–18 Premier League.[12]

Under new manager Marco Silva, Tosun lost his starting place to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean. However, he stayed at the club for the 2019–20 season after rejecting moves to Galatasaray S.K. and Qatar's Al-Gharafa SC.[13][14]

International careerEdit

Germany youthEdit

Tosun played for Germany under-19 in qualification for the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. In the qualifying group in Luxembourg, he scored twice in a 5–0 win over Moldova and a consolation goal in a 2–1 loss to Turkey.[15] He scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 win over Poland in the Elite Round, but Germany did not advance to the finals in France.[16]

On 16 November 2010, Tosun made his under-21 debut in a 2–0 friendly win over England in Wiesbaden, scoring a penalty for the second goal.[17]

TurkeyEdit

 
Tosun with Turkey A2 in June 2013

Tosun made his senior international debut for Turkey on 15 October 2013, replacing Selçuk İnan for the final 16 minutes of a 2–0 loss to the Netherlands in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul; the result ended the Turks' hope of qualification.[18] On 13 November 2015, he scored his first international goal, the winner in a 2–1 friendly triumph away to Qatar.[19] He added another two goals on 24 March 2016 in a 2–1 friendly win over Sweden in Antalya.[20]

Tosun was part of the 23-man squad chosen by head coach Fatih Terim for UEFA Euro 2016 in France.[21] He started in the opening match, a 1–0 loss to Croatia, but was dropped in favour of Burak Yılmaz for the following match against Spain. Tosun then returned as an added-time substitute in the 2–0 win over the Czech Republic in Lens that was not enough to take Turkey to the round of 16.[22]

In Turkey's failed qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup, Tosun scored five goals. These were braces in both matches against Finland,[23][24] and the only goal of a home win over eventual qualifiers Croatia on 5 September 2017.[25] On 1 June 2018, Tosun scored a penalty to open a 2–2 friendly draw with Tunisia in Geneva, then was sent-off for the first time in his career for a confrontation with the Turkish fans; he said he intervened because he thought his father was being attacked in the crowd.[26]

Style of playEdit

Tosun has said his ability is equal with his left and right foot, as his father Senol forbade him from using his right foot in an attempt to strengthen his left.[3] As a boy, he idolised Argentine forward Gabriel Batistuta.[3] While Tosun likens himself to Mario Gómez and Zlatan Ibrahimović, The Times writer Gary Jacob instead found him more similar to the English strikers Kevin Davies and Andy Carroll for his physicality.[27]

Political viewsEdit

On 11 October 2019, Tosun scored in the 90th minute of a 1–0 home win over Albania in a Euro 2020 qualifier, and was one of the Turkish players who participated in a "military salute" goal celebration.[28][29][30] That same day, he published a photograph on Instagram in which he stated support for soldiers involved in the Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria.[30][31]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 3 November 2019[32]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Team Season League Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eintracht Frankfurt 2009–10 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Gaziantepspor 2010–11 Süper Lig 14 10 4 2 18 12
2011–12 32 6 1 1 4 0 6 5 43 12
2012–13 32 10 3 1 35 11
2013–14 31 13 1 1 32 14
Total 109 39 9 5 4 0 6 5 128 49
Beşiktaş 2014–15 Süper Lig 18 5 2 3 8 1 28 9
2015–16 29 8 8 7 6 2 43 17
2016–17 33 20 1 0 12 4 1 0 47 24
2017–18 16 8 1 1 6 4 1 1 24 14
Total 96 41 12 11 32 11 2 1 142 64
Everton 2017–18 Premier League 14 5 0 0 0 0 14 5
2018–19 25 3 2 1 2 0 29 4
2019–20 2 1 0 0 2 0 4 1
Total 41 9 2 1 0 0 4 0 47 10
Career total 247 89 23 17 36 11 12 6 318 123

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

2Includes other competitive competitions, including the Turkish Super Cup, Spor Toto Cup, and the EFL Cup

InternationalEdit

 
Tosun and Austria's Christian Fuchs in a March 2016 friendly
Statistics accurate as of matches played on 11 October 2019.[33]
Turkey
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 0 0
2015 4 1
2016 11 2
2017 9 5
2018 9 3
2019 6 5
Total 40 16

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list, Turkey goal tally first.[33]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 November 2015 Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Qatar 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 24 March 2016 Antalya Arena, Antalya, Turkey   Sweden 1–0 2–1
3. 2–1
4. 24 March 2017   Finland 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 2–0
6. 5 September 2017 Eskişehir Stadium, Eskişehir, Turkey   Croatia 1–0 1–0
7. 9 October 2017 Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland   Finland 1–0 2–2
8. 2–1
9. 28 May 2018 Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey   Iran 1–0 2–1 Friendly
10. 2–0
11. 1 June 2018 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland   Tunisia 1–0 2–2
12. 25 March 2019 Eskişehir Stadium, Eskişehir, Turkey   Moldova 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
13. 3–0
14. 10 September 2019 Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău, Moldova 1–0 4–0
15. 3–0
16. 11 October 2019 Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey   Albania 1–0 1–0

HonoursEdit

Gaziantepspor

Beşiktaş

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Dzeko schießt sich zur Torjäger-Kanone" [Dzeko shoots the Torjäger Cannon]. kicker (in German). 8 May 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jones, Neil (28 December 2017). "Everton target Cenk Tosun – the two-footed Turk who idolises Gabriel Omar Batistuta and just loves scoring goals". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Antep'in kupa keyfi!" [Antep's trophy pressure] (in Turkish). beIN Sports. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Cenk Tosun resmen Beşiktaş'ta" (in Turkish). 4 February 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Tosun brace sees Besiktas beat Monaco". Sport 24. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Cenk Tosun: Everton agree deal for £27m Besiktas striker". BBC Sport. 4 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Blues Sign Striker Tosun". Everton Football Club. 5 January 2018. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ ""The Turkish Duncan Ferguson" – Reaction to Cenk Tosun's Everton debut in game away to Tottenham". Talksport. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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