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If there was a feeling that Everton's failure to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku was becoming more acute following a 2019 pre-season programme that yielded just three goals in seven matches, the unease was lessened significantly with the recruitment of Moise Kean from Juventus in early August.

Just 19, Kean was regarded as one of the hottest young prospects in the European game so the switch to Goodison Park raised more than a few eyebrows but it was reported that he turned down interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, themselves in the process of trying to offload Lukaku, because of the guarantee of first-team football at Everton.

Born in Vercelli, Italy, to Ivorian parents, Kean joined Juventus when he was 10 following spells in the youth setups at Asti and Torino. 24 goals in 25 games in the 2015-16 season for Juve's academy signalled his promise as he prepared to make the step up as a professional and he would make his senior bow in November 2016 at the age of 16 years and 23 days, replacing Mario Mandžukić in a 3—0 win over Pescara in Serie A to become the youngest debutant in Juventus history.

He would make 35 appearances in the Italian league over the next three seasons for Verona on loan and for Juve, scoring seven times for the "Old Lady" (the first of which establishing him as the first player born in the 2000s to score in Europe's five big leagues), while also becoming a full Italy international, earning three senior caps and scoring two goals.

Quick, tenacious, and physically strong, Kean is naturally right-footed with a preference for playing as centre-forward but versatile enough to operate as a second, left-sided forward or winger. Described as having Marcus Rashford's mobility with the physique of one of his playing idols Mario Balotelli, known in particular for his great pace, trickery, strength and ability to pop up in front of goal.

His arrival at Everton, two days after the signing of 23-year-old Jean-Pierre Gbamin from Mainz, was another illustration of the youth-focused recruitment strategy being employed by Marco Silva and Marcel Brands. 

There were initial suggestions that Juve would require a buy-back option in the terms of the deal but Everton eventually were believed to have negotiated a first option for the Italian club on Kean should the Blues decide to sell him in the future.

FactFile

Squad number 27
Position Striker
Nationality Italy
Born Vercelli, Italy
Date of birth 28 February 2000
Height 5'-11½" (1.82 m)
Joined 4 August 2019
Joined from Juventus
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee £25.1m (^£27.5m)
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2024
Debut as sub v Crystal Palace, 10 Aug, 2019
Full debut v
Previous Clubs Juventus
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2019-20 27 1 (3) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (3) 0
  Totals 1 (3) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (3) 0

 

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Verona (loan) 12 (7) 0 4 0
2016-19 Juventus 5 (11) 0 7 0
  Totals 17 (18) 0 11 0


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