Carlo Ancelotti insisted that Everton need to be patient with centre-forward Moise Kean after his performance on Saturday in the Premier League.
The 19-year-old made a rare start in the league during the club’s 1-1 away draw against West Ham, who are managed by ex-Toffees boss David Moyes.
Issa Diop put West Ham in front with his header, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised for visitors Everton on the stroke of half-time.
With Richarlison missing through injury, Kean got the chance to play in attack next to Calvert-Lewin.
The Italian striker showed moments of promise with a lively display, but was substituted off in the second-half as he begin to tire.
“Moise Keen needs to adapt a little bit to this football, to new country, different intensity,” Ancelotti said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“We need to be patient. It’s good for him to play, to have minutes, to improve his confidence in this football.”
Kean is yet to score in 21 Everton appearances since he joined from Juventus in the summer and is going to feel the pressure until that drought ends.
But Ancelotti showed great faith in him by handing him a start away to Everton and there were signs of strong link-up play with teammate Calvert-Lewin in the final third.
Kean hasn’t hit the ground running at the Merseyside club like many thought he would, but aged 19 it’s far too early to give up on him as a prospect and he needs to try make the most of any opportunities that Ancelotti throws him.