Moise Kean: Everton's latest striking sensation?

Saturday, 10 August, 2019 9comments  |  Jump to last
That's the question posed by an Incognito Football blog post, the author of which has followed the Blues' new signing since he came to prominence as he became Juventus's youngest ever debutant at the age of 16 and the first player born in the 2000s to score in one of Europe's five big leagues.

The observations provide plenty of optimism for Evertonians who have obviously been hankering for more striking options ever since Romelu Lukaku departed for Manchester United having become the club's top scorer of the Premier League season.

The comparisons with Lukaku crop up in the piece, not least because both players were precocious talents who stepped into the limelight at an early age with more than a dash of self-confidence.

"[Kean] has been seen as the real deal, for at least three years.

"[I]t was last season where Kean really came to the fore. In Serie A he made 13 appearances and scored six goals and made one assist. That does not tell the full story though. In most games, he was substituted on [as] an impact sub.

"The six goals that he scored came in just 533 minutes, a phenomenal record of one goal every 89 minutes. Statistically speaking, Kean looks to be the clinical marksman that Everton have been crying out for since the departure of Lukaku."

The article compares Kean with the man with whom he will likely vie for a starting role at Everton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, describing how the latter is probably better in the air and more suited to the slew of crosses that Marco Silva's men threw into opposition boxes last season but pointing out that the Italian has more raw talent.

In terms of pure technique, he offers the potential to create more chances and goals for himself than anyone else in the side than perhaps Richarlison.

What is more, is Kean's handy dribbling ability. He completed 1.39 dribbles per 90 last season, which allows him to get in behind defences by his own accord. If Kean is able to maximise this dribbling ability and consistently finish, then he will become an extremely valuable asset to Everton's attacking set-up.

Furthermore, Everton also possess the players that can unlock Kean's attacking potential. In Sigurdsson they have one of the best attacking midfielders in the league, who has the intelligence to immediately understand the typical traits of his strikers. Whilst Richarlison and Bernard pace and trickery should both create direct chances for Kean, and draw defenders away from the striker.

Ultimately, Kean should be able to flourish in the Premier League. At just 19 he has plenty of time and room to develop as a striker. He will be tasked with leading the Everton attack this season, a new responsibility which I believe he will relish.

If the video that Everton shared of Kean and fellow newcomer Jean-Philippe Gbamin are any indication, the teenager is fit, sharp and raring to go.

While Silva may withhold him from the starting line-up in the season opener at Crystal Palace today purely out respect for Calvert-Lewin or through prudence given that Kean is at a new club in a new league and country, there is no question that most Evertonian mouths will be watering at the prospect of his first introduction to English football.

Quotes sourced from Incognito Football

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 10/08/2019 at 06:47:48
There's much expectation on this young mans shoulders to score double figures this season.

I think if you are good enough then you are old enough.

Lukaku was banging goals in left right and centre at the age of 20.

Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler were like lethal clinical marksmen at the age of 18 and 19 so I have no worries about Kean's age.

If he's got the ability that we are all told then goals will flow.

Kevin Molloy
2 Posted 10/08/2019 at 07:46:57
both of them look top notch. he must be sorely tempted to pitch them both in today
Ajay Gopal
3 Posted 10/08/2019 at 09:52:23
I would ask fellow Blues to be patient with the kid. Now, he may set the league ablaze with his goal-scoring exploits immediately, but in all probability, it will take time for Kean to adapt to a new country, new league, new coach, new team mates and new fans. I would be perfectly okay if Silva decides to use him more of the bench in the 1st few games of the season. That will probably push DCL to start banging the goals in.
Dale Rose
4 Posted 10/08/2019 at 10:09:24
Well said Ajay, my thoughts entirely. Time to get things on course. We made a huge mistake not playing Lookman. Let's not do the same with this lad.
Conor McCourt
5 Posted 10/08/2019 at 10:40:44
He reminds me so much of George Weah with the way he glides past defenders. I like Jim don't think he will need the settling in time some are predicting. Plus he pounces a bit like Klinnsman. Can't wait to see him in a blue shirt.
Alan McGuffog
6 Posted 10/08/2019 at 11:06:17
The LATEST ? In the long line that included Branch, Barlow, Cadamarteri, Vaughan. Some tough acts to follow
Steve Ferns
7 Posted 10/08/2019 at 14:00:01
Kean will find that the fans are extremely patient and supportive. As long as he puts a shift in they will back him. See DCL for proof. And this lad always put a shift in for Juve. He's going to be a big favourite and once the goals start flowing he's going to be a hero.
Kase Chow
8 Posted 10/08/2019 at 22:26:29
Ajay #3

Absolutely correct.

It's a huge pressure to lead the Everton line so I hope we're patient.

I am disappointed that we didn't bring in another goal scorer to play when Kean gets injured, loses form, gets a red card because we'll be back to having a blunt attack.

Jim Bennings
9 Posted 11/08/2019 at 07:17:04

I totally agree!

We will naturally heap pressure on this lad Kean because we are, and have been, crying out for a goalscoring centre-forward since Lukaku left.

Now we have the makeup of a good team, a better team than the one Lukaku left in 2017, but we just don't have a bloody centre-forward doing the business.

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