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Everton boss Sam Allardyce's praise of Cenk Tosun could come back to haunt him

Everton's English manager Sam Allardyce leaves at half time in the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on March 3,...

Cenk Tosun broke his duck after five appearances for the Toffees at Burnley last Saturday.

Cenk Tosun of Everton look dejected after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

His beginnings in the famous Everton blue have not been outstanding, but Cenk Tosun's impact cannot have been helped by Sam Allardyce's January comments.

Everton shelled out a reported £27m for the Besiktas forward in the winter transfer window, the third highest total they have ever paid for a player.

That fee, combined with an expected difficult adaptation period to English football, meant that pressure was already going to be heaped on the 26-year-old's shoulders.

However, Big Sam immediately proclaimed that Tosun was 'the best in Europe' at his price to the BBC, despite realising how tough the task ahead would be.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Since then, Allardyce has twice left the Turk on the bench behind unanimous flop Oumar Niasse.

Rather embarrassingly, following Everton's 1-0 home loss to Watford, Big Sam went on to tell the Liverpool Echo: "We didn't have a finisher on the pitch. Watford did."

That quote now joins a collection of comical comments, including his claim that 'Ademola Lookman would not be allowed to go out on loan' - just two days before he made the switch to RB Leipzig.

Leipzig´s English midfielder Ademola Lookman plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs FC Cologne in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on February 25,...

Tosun arrived with a record greater than a goal every two league games for Turkish champions Besiktas.

While his displays have shown signs of encouragement, a return of one goal during a spell of three losses in four games does not yet match the praise.

With Allardyce under scrutiny from the majority of Toffees fans, it is likely that plenty will cite this statement as part of the reason he must go in the near future.

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