Newcastle have been struggling for goals from strikers this season, and it may be worth Steve Bruce making a loan move for one of the Magpies’ former targets, Cenk Tosun.
The Turkish forward signed for Everton last January in a £27 million deal, but has not had too many recent chances to impress on Merseyside, and having made 25 appearances last season, has only managed four this campaign.
He scored three goals and had three assists during the latter half of last season, but arriving in the Premier League for the first time, mid-season is not easy, and is likely to have contributed to his lowly strike rate.
But he was clearly not high up in the plans of Marco Silva this season before his sacking, and under caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson, he was again an unused substitute for the win against Chelsea.
If Newcastle want a short-term solution to their goal-scoring woes up front, a temporary deal for Tosun may not be a bad idea.
Newcastle were reportedly monitoring Tosun ahead of last season’s winter transfer window, but were said to have baulked at the £18m asking price of Besiktas.
Tosun would certainly have the bit between his teeth
He will certainly be playing with a couple of points to prove.
He will be wanting to show the Toffees that he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
He will also be wanting to showcase his talents to other clubs, who he may hope will rescue him from his Everton nightmare in the summer.
One of those clubs he would hope to impress would be Newcastle – if he did secure a loan deal on Tyneside – as he would hope to find the net enough to convince the Magpies to make any deal permanent.
Let’s not forget, Tosun was prolific in the Turkish Super Lig, with 80 goals and 31 assists to his name, from just 205 league appearances.
The player can score goals, and because it does not seem to be working out at Goodison Park, does not mean he would not be a success in Newcastle.
Having an angry striker in the side may work wonders for Steve Bruce and the team, and there could be a lot of good sense in signing Tosun in January.