Cenk Tosun firing on all cillinders ahead of Gaziantepspor confrontation.

Updated: December 11, 2014

In the absense of both Mustafa Pektemek (broken cheekbone and broken nose) and Demba Ba (broken toe), Cenk Tosun has stepped up to the plate.

Cenk Tosun was brought in on a free transfer over the summer after having spent the last four seasons at Gaziantepspor, the 23-year old striker chose to sign for the Black Eagles ahead of Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor because of his pre-existing affection for the oldest club of Turkey.

Cenk has mainly had to do with appearances as a substitute so far, seeing both Demba Ba and Mustafa Pektemek being picked ahead of him in the pecking order.

On the opening matchday of the 2014-2015 season the young striker had scored the only goal in a 0-1 away win at Mersin Idmanyurdu, earning his first start of the season with Demba Ba being out injured at the time.

He scored 13 league goals last season for Gaziantepspor but it took a while before he would get another start in the first eleven. After Mustafa Pektemek picked up a red card suspension against Karabükspor two weeks ago, Cenk started in the first group stage game of the Turkish cup against Sariyer, he scored two goals in a 0-4 win.

Over the weekend against Trabzonspor he started on the bench again however and it didn’t look like he would be making an appearance on the day, Mustafa Pektemek had replaced Demba Ba during halftime but had to be subbed off due to a nasty cheekbone injury after colliding heads with Trabzonspor’s Medjani. Cenk Tosun came off the bench and scored the Black Eagles 3rd goal in a convincing 3-0.

The young Turkish forward picked up his 4th goal in 3 games tonight as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 Europa League win over Tottenham Hotspur. He will be full of confidence going in to the away game on Sunday against his former club Gaziantepspor.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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