Cenk Tosun has played just 16 minutes of competitive football for Everton during the 2019/20 campaign. They came in the Carabao Cup at Lincoln City and he is yet to get on the pitch in the Premier League.
The Turkey international offered a timely reminder of his qualities last night, scoring a well-taken brace in a 4-0 thrashing over Moldova in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
During the summer transfer window, it seemed for all the world that the man signed for £27 million from Besiktas (Sky Sports) would be saying goodbye to Goodison Park.
For whatever reason, however, he didn’t leave and Tosun is still at Everton.
So far this season, Silva has trusted Dominic Calvert-Lewin to lead his line, even giving him the number nine shirt prior to the season starting.
The former Sheffield United youngster is yet to contribute to a single goal this season and it remains to be seen just how much patience his boss will show.
For perspective, Tosun has contributed to more in just 16 minutes of football, by claiming an assist in the Carabao Cup contest.
Also waiting in the wings is big-money summer signing Moise Kean. He arrived from Juventus and at 19 he will take some time to adapt to the demands of Premier League football.
With some fans calling for Tosun to be handed a chance to shine, it remains to be seen whether that opportunity will be forthcoming.
It was Sam Allardyce who threw blind faith into Tosun to perform in the ever-demanding cauldron that is the Premier League.
To a certain degree, he was right to tempt the club into pursuing the player as he netted five goals in his first 14 top-flight fixtures.
Since Silva’s arrival, the £60,000-a-week (Spotrac) performer has fallen down the pecking order but if Calvert Lewin’s struggles continue, surely he will receive some game time soon.
Tosun producing the goods on international won’t do him any harm. The game time would ensure he is sharp should Silva bite the bullet and hand him another chance to impress.