Big Sam was reluctant to throw Nikola Kalinic in at the deep end whilst Blackburn Rovers boss.
Reports today are suggesting that Everton could be looking to let Cenk Tosun leave the club this summer, just six months after joining the club.
It was reported on Fotomac’s front page, as relayed by talkSPORT, that Everton boss Sam Allardyce has reportedly told the club to sell him back to Besiktas in the summer. He left the Istanbul club for Everton in a deal reported by the BBC to be in the region of £27 million.
It is some turnaround in fortunes for the striker, who had an excellent first half of the season in both the Turkish Super Lig and Champions League.
Big Sam has repeatedly stated he is just easing the player in to life in English football, with Oumar Niasse still the preferred option up front.
But this does have a familiar ring to it, just ask Blackburn Rovers fans.
Robert Huth of Stoke City battles with Nikola Kalinic of Blackburn Rovers
Back in 2009 the Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic was snapped up by the Ewood Park club, when Allardyce was manager.
He cost around £6 million from Hajduk Split and the hope was he could become a leading light for the club.
However, he was repeatedly used from the bench by Allardyce, who explained the decision to hold him back in January 2010, as quoted by the Mirror:
“Nikola’s performance might suggest that he is ready for a long run in the side.
“But I’m still wary of the fact that if he doesn’t score then his confidence might go and never return.
“We didn’t really bring him here to be our top man this season.
“The aim is to bring him on slowly.”
Nikola Kalinic of AC Milan
It could be the Everton boss is adopting a similar philosophy with Tosun. A run without goals could damage his confidence and perhaps it is in his best interests to be eased into the starting XI.
Kalinic started to find his form after a while at Blackburn and Allardyce’s tactic seemed to work. He was then fired, Kalinic was flogged by Steve Kean and went on to become a top striker - currently plying his trade with Italian giants AC Milan.
It could be Allardyce has a long-term plan with Tosun, rather than the reports of him simply not fancying the striker.