Carlo Ancelotti is predicting better things for Moise Kean next season after the Italian striker's disappointing first year in English football.
Much was expected of Kean, a high-profile £25m acquisition from Juventus, when he arrived at Goodison Park in the 2019 summer transfer window but the 20-year-old found adapting from Serie A to the Premier League challenging.
That was, perhaps, not surprising given that he had made just 16 league appearances for Juve before making the switch to Everton. Nevertheless, he was hailed at the time as one of the most exciting young goalscoring prospects in Europe and, after an incident at Cagliari where he was subjected to racist chants, it was felt that a spell out of his home country might be for the best.
Kean arrived at a club that would struggle during the first half of the current season under Marco Silva. The Blues had drifted down into 18th place in the League by the time the Portuguese was sacked in December, with the team battling to create chances and, therefore, score goals.
Then, when first Duncan Ferguson and then Ancelotti assumed control, a 4-4-2 system relying on the effective pairing of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin created another barrier to Kean getting regular minutes.
That made for a difficult environment for a then teenager trying to settle in a new country and it was compounded when he was fined for flouting the coronavirus lockdown rules by hosting a party at his Cheshire apartment earlier this year.
Ancelotti insists the matter has been dealt with and consigned to the past and he is committed to helping his compatriot become the player Everton believed they were buying when they picked him up from Juve for what was a significant transfer fee.
“I have spoken with him,” Ancelotti said on the Daily Mail website in relation to his transgression. “I have spoken with everyone about how important their behaviour is on the pitch and outside the pitch.
“He knows how to behave and everyone knows how they have to behave. Everyone knows what I expect from them.
“He has come to a new country. Second, you have to consider he is only young and so maybe he needs more time to adapt.
“Third is for most of the players it was difficult to get through this (lockdown) period because they were alone at home.
“We have to take all this into consideration and next season for him will be better. Moise is part of the team, part of the squad. He didn't play a lot this season, but the competition among the front players in our squad is really high. We have fantastic strikers.”
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1 Posted 01/07/2020 at 06:13:40
They, and we, need a couple of midfielders to help all three get more decent ball.
2 Posted 01/07/2020 at 08:19:24
His last performance was poor and raised questions regarding his tactical ability. You could not say he was a finisher either. He has a big gap to bridge to be the player Ancelotti wants. Hopefully he will be able to bridge it.
3 Posted 01/07/2020 at 08:24:21
4 Posted 01/07/2020 at 08:35:52
5 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:07:34
I think he has the making of a good player, needs proper game time, certainly more than the very short spells he has had, a few times he could have come on for Richarlison when Charlie hasn't been in the game.
6 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:23:32
I think we still have a proper baller on our team and hope we don't panic sell any time soon.
I'm more worried about other areas of the team and believe we should prioritise at least one central defender, one central midfielder and two wingers.
7 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:31:15
He wrestled a draw from the jaws of victory.
Kean was our most dangerous player and the manager's decision making was highly, highly questionable, given that game had the potential to kick start his Everton career and that his substitutions effectively put a stop to our total domination of the game.
8 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:36:26
What concerned me was his movement off the ball, I remember one moment specifically. Iwobi received the ball on the right, the closest player to him was Kean, who needed to show himself, move towards Iwobi, and get the ball. He just stood still, didn't do anything, Iwobi got crowded and lost the ball.
Time will tell. He's got the raw attributes, so there is a chance.
9 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:38:51
Good luck to the lad, let's hope he surprises us all.
10 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:07:04
Re Kean, I think there's a player in there once he gets a run of games.
11 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:40:32
The fact is that we heavily overpaid for a rookie striker in the last year of his contract in a club that was not particularly desperate to hold on to him. At best we can hope that he can be a decent squad player, but I think the most likely he will be loaned out for the 21-22 season and eventually leave for a nominal fee or a free at the end of his lucrative contract.
12 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:58:06
The Newcastle game is the best judge, as it's hard to judge potential but we can observe the top of his range at this stage in his development. Already the top of his range is really high, as shown in that match.
When Don Carlo gets in two or three top signings in, Kean gets to spend more time closer to goal and less in our half. I think he's a better finisher than Dom from distance, and just needs time to play his own game, within his own mind without worry about what people say. He has all the attributes. He likes to run and shoot, comparable to Martial or Rashford or Greenwood at Man Utd.
Some young players gain consistency earlier than others. Trust Carlo's coaching, we just need to raise the bar when he has a bad game from 5 out of 10s to 6 or 7 out of 10. He likes to run with the ball and has decent control, and like Traore at Wolves, being under a good manager for a couple of seasons does wonders for a player.
13 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:58:36
Any striker needs games to find a rhythm and gain confidence. Kean has had no games and I've got some sympathy with his predicament. He did well when he started the home game against Newcastle, getting involved and scoring, some good link ups and adopting better positions. It's obvious he needs a run of games to get established.
If he's not going to get that essential development playing time with us he needs to go on loan with the guarantee of starting. He will be a hit for that club and come back stronger. His immediate future needs sorting for his and our benefit.
14 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:17:09
I'm not sure I agree with Carlo on that one..
I know we've not seen much of him but I just don't see anything about him that leads me to think he could ever make it in a top league. People say raw talent but I just see raw speed.
15 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:27:40
Ancelotti did the same in the home game v Brighton but got away with it, we won 1-0.
I'm not against Carlo, he has been left with a poor squad and hardly any central midfield so he definitely needs time but as I said when he first came: There are no guarantees in football.
16 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:45:36
So Ancelotti is right when he says he will be better next season, I just feel that every time the lad plays he is trying to do something special to show everyone how good he is.
I am sure Carlo will have a good influence on the boy, and will tell him just do the simple things, rather than trying to be spectacular every time he gets the ball. I think this was highlighted when he came on against Norwich, he picked the ball up on the edge of our box and tried to run the length of the field with the ball.
Let's hope that he will be better next season as we can't keep buying young players and then discarding them within a year of signing them, as we have with Sandro. Maybe the question needs to be asked of our DOFs as why we either paid too much for a young striker learning his trade in the case of Kean, or whether we put them on silly money and a long contract in the case of Sandro.
17 Posted 01/07/2020 at 12:57:07
As for Kean, I'm yet to be convinced but he needs to be given an opportunity as we simply can't keep writing players off if it doesn't click immediately. I'll trust the manager's judgement on this one.
18 Posted 01/07/2020 at 13:17:23
19 Posted 01/07/2020 at 13:38:47
When he came on against Norwich he was terrible, but I expect part of that was due to desperation to make an impact in a short time.
Not many foreign youngsters hit the ground running in their first season and am curious to see what he can produce in his second season. If it turns out to be no better then perhaps he'll be let go. The good news about buying highly rated 'wonder kids' is that they tend to retain some value. I'd expect we could sell Kean at 21 for 㾻-20M due to his (perhaps undeserved) reputation at youth level.
20 Posted 01/07/2020 at 13:42:17
The old KISS acronym should be his mantra while he gets his confidence up. I think he has hit the post, nearly scored a lovely goal against Soton(? I think) and if those had gone in we might be watching a different player. The absence of a crowd of baying critics at Goodison ripping him up for every error will likely be a big advantage and I hope Ancelotti might take advantage of that.
We are pretty much safe now but a long way off Europe still. If Carlo thinks he might still be able to pull that off he will be sparing with Kean, but if we only manage a couple points tonight and on Monday (pretty likely imo) he might start experimenting more.
I like the lad and think he really has the potential to get us on our feet more. A dynamic midfield providing for our forwards, either acquired or moulded out of what we have, consistency at the back and we could be looking at exciting times.
21 Posted 01/07/2020 at 13:45:40
No doubt he needs more time on the pitch, but I can't say I've been overly impressed with what I've seen.
Young foreign players often need a year to click into things over here. I'm hoping that's the case with Kean, but it isn't evidence-based hope.
22 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:07:56
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24 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:17:53
He should be working for Boris Johnson.
25 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:31:10
26 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:47:50
As, in most games, we hardly have any attempts on goal.
In view of your comments., I am expecting some dynamic forward play this evening.
27 Posted 01/07/2020 at 16:35:24
Without fail, all the pundits who have covered our comeback games have all suggested that Dominic is a future England centre-forward.
Now I doubt Carlo would make such a claim about our midfield, which consists of any 4 from Walcott, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Davies and Bernard. And without a decent midfield, we struggle to create very much for our strikers.
28 Posted 01/07/2020 at 16:59:42
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31 Posted 01/07/2020 at 21:01:33
I get trying to maximize his value if you don't rate him, but let's be honest â€“ we're not going to go out and get a Timo Werner. Our best bet is to get in on the ground floor with a highly rated young talent and hope he develops.
The fact Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin have been so solid means we can afford to be *more* patient with Kean, not less. I do agree, he needs minutes though.
32 Posted 02/07/2020 at 01:00:36
33 Posted 02/07/2020 at 02:24:37
With incredibly talented players around him (which he had at Juventus and for Italy â€“ full side and at junior levels) he has scored goals. Mostly penalty box stuff, finishing off strong team play. His all-round game has never really caught the eye â€“ it's been his goal-scoring. But, without that quality of player around him, he seems to struggle as he does not possess enough ability to make things happen on his own. He is something of a flat-track bully; a flashy, speedy Inzaghi â€“ but with crash, bang, wallop rather than nous and guile.
This sort of thing happens to a lot of young players who breakthrough at top clubs. They get the wunderkind tag after a handful of games but, for every Lionel Messi, there are many that failed to pass muster (Sandro Ramirez for one). Is a young player going to have the career of Wayne Rooney or Danny Cadamarteri? I worry that Moise Kean is sadly going to end up in that second category.
There are a lot of people on here who have belief in him, although I am not sure what that belief is based on. For me, based on the minutes Kean has played for Everton, I'm thinking he been less effective than Oumar Niasse and, for all the fanfare of his arrival, that is a very poor return.
34 Posted 02/07/2020 at 02:33:55
35 Posted 02/07/2020 at 12:54:28
From the Newcastle game, I can see that his long shot seems good, has pace and can hold up the ball well. Hopefully next season we can see more of him.
36 Posted 02/07/2020 at 23:29:58
37 Posted 04/07/2020 at 00:17:58
Just depends how much the lad wants it.
I don't think he does.
38 Posted 04/07/2020 at 09:22:32
I think if he doesn't get picked, even if Richie is out, he will be off somewhere next season for some game time... as a loaner or on a permanent deal.
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