Why Everton shouldn’t sell Moise Kean in January despite early struggles
According to claims from Calciomercato, as cited by Milan Live, Serie A fallen giants AC Milan are keen to prise youngster Moise Kean away from Everton in January following the teenager’s early struggles in adapting to the Premier League.
Kean had been regarded as one of the most sought-after emerging talents in Europe when Everton splashed a staggering £29 million to bring him to Goodison Park from Juventus in the summer but the highly-rated teenager has so far struggled to live up to the hype.
The 19-year-old is yet to find the net for the Toffees in 10 appearances across all competitions and Milan are very much alert to the possibility of luring him back to his homeland in January should Everton run out of patience.
A previous report from the Calciomercato claimed that Milan had been interested in bringing Kean to the San Siro prior to his move to Everton and, with sources close to the player revealing that he is a boyhood fan of the Rossoneri, the Serie A outfit still look very much in the hunt for the struggling young striker.
Kean, who rose through the youth system at Juventus and made his breakthrough in the 2016-17 season, spent time on loan at Hellas Verona in the 2017-18 campaign before establishing himself in a bit-part role at his boyhood club the last term.
Despite making only a handful of starts, the teenage hitman bagged 7 goals in 17 appearances for the Serie A champions in all competitions last season and his burgeoning reputation as one of the best rising talents in the continent prompted Everton to part with a massive amount of cash in order to bring him to the club as a part of their long-term plans moving forward.
With that in mind, however, the 19-year-old has endured somewhat of a lacklustre start to his tenure at Goodison Park. Kean has started only twice for the Toffees in the Premier League while playing a further seven cameos off the bench, with none of those yielding a goal.
Everton currently find themselves languishing 14th in the standings after a rather hit and miss start to the season and while the 2-0 triumph over West Ham at the weekend breathed life into their tottering campaign, Marco Silva would probably be aware that his team needs to put the foot on the accelerator soon enough if they are to break the top-six lock.
Having managed meagre returns of 8 goals in their first 9 league fixtures, the need to bring in a proven goalscorer in January is pretty apparent and some significant investment during the mid-season trading period could well be a possibility if things do not change for the better in the coming months.
Cenk Tosun has fallen out of favour due to his poor run of form while Dominic Calvert-Lewin has reminded the fans time and again that he still has some way to go before he is capable of making a big impact on the Premier League.
Kean has also had his fair share of opportunities in the first couple of months and he is surely going to enjoy a lot more involvement in the near future once he manages to fully acclimatise to his new surroundings.
Well, it is true that Everton need to bring in an immediate game-changer in January to improve on their dismal scoring numbers early in the campaign but selling Moise Kean for that purpose would make little sense.
In fact, the Toffees will be sending out a very wrong message if they consider moving him on just six months after spending a fortune to bring him to the club.
Everton must not forget that he is still only 19 and they had spent such a massive amount in the summer to buy a potential star for the future and not a bonafide goalscorer.
It is never easy even for world-class professionals, let alone teenagers, to hit the ground running immediately in the highly-competitive atmosphere of the Premier League and Everton certainly need to hold their patience, given that Kean still needs time to acclimatise to his new surroundings.
Furthermore, it would be unfair to make a judgement of the player’s credentials after affording him just 288 minutes of Premier League football and the starlet certainly needs to play a lot more before a conclusion can be reached as to whether or not he is good enough to thrive in English football.
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Still very much in the developmental phase of his career as a professional footballer, Moise Kean is already head and shoulders above most players in his age bracket and Everton should continue to look at him as someone who could go on to make a big impact in the years to come.
Kean might not have emerged as a game-changer for Everton just yet but selling him in January would be a rather hasty decision and one that might well scupper their project under Marcel Brands and Marco Silva.