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Jose Mourinho and Graeme Souness’ doubts over Everton star becoming justified


Jose Mourinho and Graeme Souness’ doubts over Everton star becoming justified

Everton have struggled to get the best out of the Italian striker since his arrival at the club.

It has been a rough week for Moise Kean. The Italian has struggled since arriving at Goodison Park and, in the large part, Everton fans have had sympathy for the player. 

After he was dropped for the weekend clash against Southampton that was again the case. However, it has since emerged that he was dropped after being late for the second time this season for a team meeting. 

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Ill-discipline was something both Jose Mourinho and Graeme Souness feared from the player when discussing his transfer at the start of the season on Sky Sports.

Mourinho suggested it was a surprise to see considering Juventus’s ageing striker department.

“I put some question marks. Why [would] Juventus sell? They have strikers with, of course, top quality. Cristiano (Ronaldo), (Mario) Mandzukic, (Gonzalo) Higuain, but all of them over 30-years-old.

“To sell a striker that I recognise potential. But to sell him? Such a young striker? Why? It would be something that if I find (Juventus vice-chairman, Pavel) Nedved around the corner I would ask him.”

Souness went on to suggest the decision set ‘an alarm bell’ off inside his head.

“If he’s 19, why have they [Juventus] sold him? Personally, there’s a slight alarm bell going off in my head.

“Juventus are arguably the biggest and wealthiest club in Italy.

“Given that they’ve got an older strike force and you’re selling a 19-year-old who won’t be hurting you wage wise.”

“They’ve not got £100million plus for him, I think there will be other issues there. I don’t know.”


At the time, Everton fans slammed the suggestion Kean could be a troublemaker, especially from Souness. But was there genuine truth to what he was saying in hindsight?

Because, unfortunately, this is not the first time Kean has been in trouble. 

As reported by The Guardian, Kean was sent home from Italy under-19 duty in 2017 because of ‘a practical joke gone awry’. 

Kean and Italy under-21 team-mate Nicolo Zaniolo were also dropped from an international fixture in June after being late for a team meeting, as reported by Football Itallia.

It is easy to sympathise with Kean. He is only 19-years-old, does not speak the language and has been thrust into a completely new environment with a massive price-tag on his head. 

Hopefully, Mourinho and Souness’s concerns are eventually quashed by a settled and scoring Kean at Goodison Park. But at present, it looks alarmingly as if they might have had a point.

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