Moise Kean has reportedly apologised to Everton officials for the infamous party he hosted at his Cheshire apartment last month, with the club considering the matter closed.
The young striker found his name splashed across newspaper back pages when footage of his and a group of friends' hijinks were picked up by tabloids, with his apparently flagrant disregard for Government directives for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic embarrassing the club.
Kean was officially rebuked and fined two weeks' wages by Everton but according to a recent report by Greg O'Keeffe in The Athletic, the Italian U21 international is genuinely remorseful over what he stresses was a misunderstanding.
Kean says he wasn't fully clear on the lockdown orders, saying that he believed people were only meant to stay at home. And O'Keeffe reports that far from being strippers or “call girls”, everyone in his apartment that night were from his immediate circle of friends or “friends of friends”.
The 20-year-old, who remained in England rather than return to his home country like some of the other players, apparently apologised “profusely” to Director of Football, Marcel Brands, accepted his punishment and offered to personally call manager, Carlo Ancelotti, to explain the situation.
As O'Keeffe explains, Kean's transgression ran contrary to the forward strides he has taken in recent months as he seeks to secure a long-term place in Ancelotti's first team. Understandably given his tender age and inexperience and the turmoil that engulfed Everton's season prior to Ancelotti's arrival, the former Juventus forward has struggled to adapt to the Premier League.
He scored his first goal in Royal Blue earlier this year, however, and his coaches have been impressed with his application but a source close to him told The Athletic that he has struggled at times with the isolation:
“This is the first time in his life that he has lived on his own. He's in a foreign country, and he has had so much attention. Yes, he had previously played a handful of games at Juventus, where he was surrounded by big-name stars, but when he came to Everton, because of the money involved, he was viewed as a big signing himself. It's not easy for young players to cope with that extra attention and expectation.”
In that sense, the anticipated return to training this week as “Project Restart” takes its first tentative steps back to a resumption of the 2019-20 season can only be of benefit to a player for whom the club continue to have high hopes despite the consistent media speculation in recent weeks that he is set to return to Serie A, perhaps with AS Roma.
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1 Posted 18/05/2020 at 19:28:25
Not what we needed at this time.
We need a proven goalscorer not a maybe.
2 Posted 18/05/2020 at 19:46:31
It was a silly mistake...19-year-olds make those mistakes. We'll regret it if we let him leave. We need to have a bit of patience with him.
3 Posted 18/05/2020 at 20:11:22
Do we know who is not in the country? And will they be required to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK, or will they go straight into training?
4 Posted 18/05/2020 at 20:50:04
5 Posted 18/05/2020 at 21:08:29
I wasn't aware of him when we signed him, he hasn't done much in his Everton career so far, but I don't want him to leave, because I think he could become a very good Everton player.
6 Posted 18/05/2020 at 21:09:07
7 Posted 19/05/2020 at 00:32:16
8 Posted 19/05/2020 at 04:52:13
Joe, Dave and Martin have it right.
9 Posted 19/05/2020 at 07:41:50
10 Posted 19/05/2020 at 08:12:58
To call it idiocy is massively disrespectful to the poster and there are much better ways of expressing your disagreement.
11 Posted 19/05/2020 at 08:33:54
12 Posted 19/05/2020 at 09:10:59
So far, from what Kean has shown this season, he has been rubbish. He can't seem to even control the ball at times. It's not a difficult skill. If a team offered money back, then yes, I'd get rid of this Sandro Mk II.
Why? Because we needed more goals than 1 in 26. Thank goodness Calvert-Lewin stepped up. (And I'm aware that he could be the template that Kean could hopefully follow. However, their attitudes seem very different. Calvert-Lewin hasn't been in trouble once. Kean has, about 3 times already.)
We needed a proven goalscorer – yes!!! We did!!! We aren't far off Champions League or Europa League qualification and a few more goals would have seen up compete.
Call me an idiot if you want but these are ALL valid points that you can disagree with, but to express a different yet legitimate view doesn't make ME the idiot in the room, pal.
13 Posted 19/05/2020 at 09:31:31
Thanks for the support - name-calling feels a bit childish. I appreciate your objectivity.
14 Posted 19/05/2020 at 11:00:38
15 Posted 19/05/2020 at 11:21:20
Perversely, no supporters in the stadiums may actually help the kids with a lack of confidence as they won't be as nervous.
16 Posted 19/05/2020 at 11:30:45
I can see the empty stadiums until next year will help him perversely. Less pressure on him. One more year we will all know by then.
17 Posted 19/05/2020 at 11:56:31
Kean is going to improve and give us something different. He reminds me of Saha. Perhaps he could shed some weight and get Duncan to give him some heading tips... there is a player in there!
18 Posted 19/05/2020 at 12:11:56
He's a kid and was starting to show more confidence and threat before the lockdown. He was one of, if not the best player on the pitch for our home game against Newcastle. I thought that game showed that we have a player who the coaches can work with to become a star player with time and patience. He would have improved, been used more and showed more potential in the last 9 games. A bit more patience and nurturing of his talent will pay dividends for efc.
If he is not in Carlo's plans to start games his progress would be better served by a loan to a good club which guarantees game time. He will come back for the 21-22 season a better player.
19 Posted 19/05/2020 at 13:00:59
20 Posted 19/05/2020 at 15:17:22
21 Posted 19/05/2020 at 15:20:48
Calvert-Lewin has had his detractors about whether he was good enough but look, it's clicked for him. So I think it's only fair Moise Kean is given time to develop.
22 Posted 19/05/2020 at 15:38:24
As for having cheeky parties as a teenager when he shouldn't have, well I've done that and worse when I was a kid. Bet plenty on here have done something similar as well in their younger days.
23 Posted 19/05/2020 at 21:04:50
You'd rather have Sandro over Kean? Or Niasse? Or Kone? Or McGeady?
24 Posted 20/05/2020 at 10:43:33
I think Kean is utterly beyond useless and find it completely baffling people saying "There's clearly talent there' etc. I honestly can't see the tiniest hint of any quality whatsoever.
He looks lost, behind the pace of the game, wasteful and totally ineffective. I'd say he has the effect of playing with 10 men. I reckon McGeady on an average day will be about his maximum potential.
25 Posted 20/05/2020 at 12:18:45
26 Posted 21/05/2020 at 15:15:11
27 Posted 21/05/2020 at 21:57:09
Considering he dragged him of vs Man Utd! — Is Ferguson's heart in it to improve Kean...?
28 Posted 21/05/2020 at 22:06:31
This time last year, if a half-decent bid had come in from a Championship club for Calvert-Lewin, I'd have been shouting 'bite their hand off!' It would have looked like a good deal for both.
At the same age as Moise (Dominic is 3 years older), Calvert-Lewin played 11 first team games for us and scored 1 goal. Hardly worth keeping the lad on, was it?
Now, the boy is on the verge of a deserved England call-up. So how can anyone make a real judgement call here?
It takes time for talent to show. Some look like world-beaters and disappear. Others are slow burners then click.
I don't know if Moise Kean will be a star performer. But, if he is, I want him to do it for Everton.
29 Posted 22/05/2020 at 12:45:26
30 Posted 22/05/2020 at 13:31:15
It may also be that the loan paves the way for Ünder, Pellegrini or AN Other to come in the opposite direction. It may be a cost-efficient way of reducing the purchase price and then, who knows, the agents' fees and tax payable maybe.
It would leave us worryingly light up front if Calvert-Lewin got injured though, especially since only he and Richarlison ever score. We'd probably need to buy or loan a back-up striker as a precaution.
31 Posted 22/05/2020 at 16:38:03
I hope his Mum never told him not to cross the Via Appia on his own.
32 Posted 23/05/2020 at 12:55:48
33 Posted 24/05/2020 at 22:34:06
I can't see how anybody can rate him from what they've seen in an Everton shirt. Sell him now while the Italians still rate him highly! I predict he becomes a journey man and bounces around clubs his whole career.
34 Posted 26/05/2020 at 10:49:41
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