Sam Allardyce has sought to explain why new £27m signing Cenk Tosun has not been included in his starting eleven for the games with Leicester City and Arsenal this week.

Allardyce: “He’s had service to him that he’s not held up and he’s found it a bit of a struggle at this level because of the pace and the physicality of the game

“So his service hasn’t been too bad but his hold up play hasn’t been like it was at Besiktas so that’s why he’s not starting the games at the minute because he’s finding it tough going like every player does, particularly when they come in January.

“I said we wanted goals, he scored goals in the Champions League and with Besiktas but may not hit the ground running for us. He hasn’t done that yet, I’m sure he will do eventually.

“I’m more concerned about the other players than I am about Cenk. I’m more likely to feed him slowly and give him a bit more time over the next few weeks and hopefully by the end of the season he starts games.”