Everton striker Moise Kean hasn’t had the easiest maiden season with the Toffees and not only is he still linked with a move away from Goodison Park, but figures linked to a club that reportedly wants the Italian are continuing their charm offensive towards him.
Kean joined Everton last August from Juventus for an initial fee of around £25million that could rise to £27.5million, according to BBC Sport, and his arrival was met with much fanfare at Goodison Park given his talent and potential.
However, the 20-year-old had a difficult start to life at Everton, with former head coach Marco Silva seldom utilising him and interim boss Duncan Ferguson introducing him as a substitute at Manchester United in the 70th minute, only to replace him with Oumar Niasse 18 minutes later.
While Kean has finally got off the mark under Carlo Ancelotti, netting against Newcastle in the Premier League in January, he was nonetheless still given little game time prior to the football suspension, and to date still has just five top-flight starts all season.
Calciomercato claimed in April that Mino Raiola, the Italy Under-21 prodigy’s agent, began looking for a new club for his client in January, and met with Roma, who are said to be interested in a back-up option for Edin Dzeko.
Roma icon Ruggiero Rizzitelli has waxed lyrical about his compatriot, telling Corriere dello Sport, as quoted by Calciomercato: “I’d say his character would fit Roma. Remember De Rossi as a youngster? He got a few cards too many but he gave his all. Kean has a great heart, he just needs to channel his energies in the right way, I’d see him playing well alongside Dzeko.
“He was incredible at Juventus, every time he had a shot he scored. Devastating. Allegri understood that he needed motivation to truly explode. In England and with (Italy’s) Under-21s it’s not gone well, I don’t know why. He has many qualities, is strong and has an eye for goal. Maybe his first big wages went to his head a bit, but it happens a lot to players that age.
“I reckon Kean has understood that he has to have his head in the right place to reach the top. Let’s give him time. If you’re great, you’ll get to the top, the problem is staying there.”
It’s not been a particularly easy season for Kean, who arrived at Everton with a lot of expectation and pressure, and there was always going to be a period of acclimatisation, given the player’s young age, first time working and living outside his home country, and getting used to a new style of football.
On top of that, Everton have had their own issues, namely with the team struggling badly in Silva’s last months at the club, culminating in managerial change, but with Ancelotti now at the helm, one would think he’s the absolute best option to work with his compatriot – surely it’s a bit premature for Kean to consider a move away.