Everton striker Moise Kean is in danger of getting “lost” at Goodison Park and “needs people who can direct him”, his former coach Renato Biasi is quoted as saying by Europa Calcio.
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.
Biasi, who discovered a young Kean at hometown club Asti, is worried about what the future may hold, and suggested that someone like Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte would be a good coach for him.
“Hopefully it’s just a transition season and (he) will recover. Otherwise he runs the risk of getting lost, as has happened to many other kids,” said Biasi. “Kean needs people who can direct him. Someone like Conte could be very good.
“From an early age, he was used to being considered the phenomenon, and therefore he could afford to do anything. For me, he could play in any team but he must put his mind and commitment into it. He has always had a somewhat exuberant character.”
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, and surely whatever Conte could do from a managerial point of view, Ancelotti can do better – aside from his stellar CV, the veteran coach is also known for being a superb man-manager.