Phil Jagielka has urged in-form Cenk Tosun to finish his Everton campaign strongly to give him the best chance of hitting the ground running next term.
Tosun, whose £27m signing from Besiktas was unusually announced at half time of Everton’s FA Cup defeat to Liverpool in January, endured a slow start to life at Goodison Park.
The Turkey international was behind Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order under Sam Allardyce as the Blues boss eased the January signing into life in the Premier League.
However, Tosun followed up his first Everton goal in last week’s defeat at Burnley with another in Saturday’s routine win over Brighton, and Jagielka believes a positive finish to the campaign can stand his teammate in good stead for next term.
Jagielka told the club’s official website: “It was fantastic for Cenk to get his second goal in two games.
“Hopefully we can get a bit of momentum now. We need to finish the season off as strong as possible and put down a few markers for the start of next season.
“We got a bit of momentum during the game. We got the fans involved – putting Brighton under pressure, getting a lot of corners, having a few shots on target and winning a few tackles.
It was a positive day all round for Allardyce’s men on Saturday as Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines both started in their respective roles of right and left-back.
It was Baines’ first appearance since November as he took his spot alongside Coleman who continued his own run in the side after 10 months out with a broken leg.