Paul Merson has explained that he’s still confident Everton forward Moise Kean will be a success at Goodison Park and recover from a difficult start.
The 19-year-old completed a move to the Toffees in the summer from Juventus and is one of the most highly-rated teenagers around.
But the Italian striker has been struggling during his first taste of English football and is yet to hit the ground running.
He’s failed to score in any of his nine games across all competitions so far for Everton and even seen teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin move above him in the pecking order.
Marco Silva’s side have made a poor start to the campaign and sit 18th in the league table after eight matches, which is abysmal when everyone expected them to be challenging for the European spots.
They have only managed six league goals so far and it’s clear there issue lies when going forward.
Sky Sports pundit Merson doesn’t believe it’s fair to judge Kean too harshly for his quiet start in an Everton shirt and feels there is more to come from him.
“They don’t have a reliable goalscorer either. But I still think Moise Kean will be okay,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“He’s a young kid in a new country and a new league, feeding off scraps. You’ve got to give him time.”
Kean showed at Juventus that he’s a predatory finisher around the penalty area and the pieces of the jigsaw just haven’t quite fallen into place for him so far at Goodison.
He needs to try get more involved in matches when he’s on the pitch, but Everton’s creative playmakers need to up their game too.
The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlisson, Bernard and Alex Iwobi need to really find their A-game in the imminent matches after the international break.
It must be frustrating for Kean to see someone like Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham hit the ground running immediately in the top-flight, but he’s getting plenty of chances in an offensive team and he needs the same.