Everton manager Sam Allardyce says he is waiting for the right moment to give Cenk Tosun more playing time.

Allardyce biding time with Tosun

Allardyce biding time with Tosun

Tosun was one of three arrivals at Goodison Park in January, the other two being Theo Walcott and Eliaquim Mangala, and it was hoped the Turkey international would solve the attacking problems the Toffees were experiencing.

However the 26-year-old, who cost a reported £27million from Besiktas, has only made three Premier League appearances and he is yet to open his account for his new team.

The German-born forward has been an unused substitute in two of the last three games, including Saturday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, and Allardyce admits the new signing is struggling to adapt right now.

'He is struggling with the pace of the Premier League, which happens to more players than it doesn't who come in in January,' he said. 'There are more that struggle than actually succeed.

'As time goes on and the more we get closer to our safety the more we can release and see what he's got.'