Moise Kean was never happy with Everton move

25/11/2022 30comments  |  Jump to last

Giovanni Kean, who is Moise Kean's brother, has said in Italy that the striker was very upset about his transfer to Everton in August 2019, which happened less than 2 months after Maurizio Sarri took over the reins as manager at Juventus. 

"The last year was the hardest of his career, but it served as a lesson for him. I was sure he would come out of it because he has character and, when he feels confident, he can show what he's worth.

"He worked on his weight and mentality, he's been in monk mode. But he's at 70% and still has ample room for growth, also because he was born in 2000. At Paris Saint-Germain, many commentators thought he was doomed; instead, he scored 17 goals in one season.

"Every so often in recent months, he would say to me: 'Enough, I'm leaving!'. But they were impromptu outbursts due to limited appearances. He has never been about to leave and he doesn't intend to, either now or in the future. Indeed, he has pushed to return to Juventus, it is his home.

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"Allegri was the first to realize his potential. What a pleasure to see him score a brace against Lazio under the eyes of Sarri, who didn't want him. Kean was very upset about the transfer to Everton."

With Juventus, Sarri would become the oldest manager to win Serie A, his first major trophy in Italian football. But less than a month later, he was sacked one day after Juventus were eliminated from the Champions League in the Round of 16 by Lyon.

A year later, he would become Lazio manager. And in their last match before the World Cup break, Juventus would beat Lazio 3-0 with two goals coming from Moise Kean.


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Larry O'Hara
1 Posted 25/11/2022 at 13:57:36
Interesting: what I want to know is whether/when we can get some cash for him, and can we spend it on a striker!
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 25/11/2022 at 14:03:49
He must have known Marcel Brands was telling lies, when he said he’d look after him, but it was worth it anyway because of all the money he was going to make.
Stu Darlington
3 Posted 25/11/2022 at 14:42:28
Moise who?
Ajay Gopal
4 Posted 25/11/2022 at 15:26:17
Moise Kean's career was over at Everton in arguably the biggest stage – the ‘theatre of dreams', when Dunc subbed him as a substitute player – probably the biggest insult you can experience as a footballer.

I thought that was a bold decision by Big Dunc at the time, and why I still think he might be successful in football management.

James Newcombe
5 Posted 25/11/2022 at 15:35:32
I've never willed a striker to succeed as much as him. What a disappointment.
Barry Rathbone
6 Posted 25/11/2022 at 17:12:26
Moise was one of the many players confirming my long held suspicion that some ex pros aren't as clever about the game as people give them credit for. He was a Brands disaster.

A big, fast headless chicken who wrestled with rather than controlled the ball the title of "best youngster" didn't stand scrutiny from minute one. Big Dunc spotted it straight away.

However, judging by the paucity of technique and the fact Bale, Ronaldo and Messi are STILL the major names in this World Cup maybe he was the best - just of a really bad crop.

Rob Jones
7 Posted 25/11/2022 at 17:25:01
Barry, you describe Moise as a "Brands disaster", but if our other signings over the past six years had come close to breaking even, financially, as Moise will, we wouldn't be in the parlous state we're now in.
John Pickles
8 Posted 25/11/2022 at 18:15:15
"Kean was very upset about the transfer to Everton."

Really? Well, he sure hid it well.

Rob Dolby
9 Posted 25/11/2022 at 00:04:43
Hindsight is a great thing but he was too young and raw for the prem.

The type of player city sign and leave for a year in the reserves. He was thrust into the prem nowhere near ready.

Let's hope we break even on the deal though I suspect the Italians will have one over on us.

Brendan McLaughlin
10 Posted 26/11/2022 at 00:15:12
Rob #9

Be very surprised if we regret it.

Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 26/11/2022 at 18:00:58

We will get big cash for him this summer when the deal is completed. When we loaned him to Juve, they committed to buying him at the end of the loan. The amount has been variously reported at €20-28 million.

Juve frantically tried to sell him last summer to close the deal out early, but couldn't get it over the line. We could have used that money to buy a striker.

He was absolute shit for them this season until the final week before the World Cup, when he scored three in two games. I think his brother is crowing a little early.

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 26/11/2022 at 19:57:38
Not right for this league.

Too stroppy, too much attitude and basically a very selfish type of player.

Unless he was going to hit the ground running, which he didn't, then he was never going to succeed here.

Tony Everan
13 Posted 26/11/2022 at 20:33:41
We are not in a position to be signing raw players for £25-30 million who are not ready for first-team action straight away. Maybe further down the line.

We done well to get our money back. The question is: How well can we reinvest it? Please not on a player who needs time or an adjustment period to a new country / league / frantic pace etc etc.

Try to sign a forward who’s going to make an immediate impact.

Larry O'Hara
14 Posted 26/11/2022 at 21:47:10
Mike (11)—thanks for that. So we just need to avoid relegation,,,
Barry Rathbone
15 Posted 27/11/2022 at 00:22:14
Rob Jones @7,

Are we buying players to create a challenging team or as an investment? Surely the former.

In which case, Moise was an unmitigated disaster.

Rob Jones
16 Posted 28/11/2022 at 08:30:31
Barry, in the current context, we are forced to do both.

We are where we are because successive managers blew our money on players with no re-sale value.

Stephen Davies
17 Posted 28/11/2022 at 23:21:00
The whole Juventus Board, including the President, has resigned.

The board have stepped down en masse "having considered the centrality and relevance of pending legal and accounting issues", said a statement, in reference to the ongoing police investigation.

What about the Moise Kean money????

Martin Faulkner
18 Posted 28/11/2022 at 23:51:45

They just posted losses of €254M... mental, eh?

John Pickles
19 Posted 28/11/2022 at 00:00:19
'Juventus published an annual loss of £220m for last season'

Fans of 91 English football clubs: 'My God, that's obscene!'

Everton fans: 'And?'

Kieran Kinsella
20 Posted 29/11/2022 at 00:08:00
All these years Inter, AC Milan and others have been trying to knock Juventus off their perch. All it took was a transfer deal with Everton for the house of cards to come crashing down.
Dale Self
21 Posted 29/11/2022 at 00:30:05
That and an interest rate shock. Perhaps this is the harder exit that the Liverpool and Man United execs are trying to avoid by puttting up for sale. Leverage is good until it isn't.

What is the moral of the story? Simon's Law – what cannot go on forever, doesn't.

Alan J Thompson
22 Posted 29/11/2022 at 06:00:34
Juve going bust? Does this mean we don't get the cash or we get Kean back?
Darryl Ritchie
23 Posted 29/11/2022 at 06:08:04
He wasn't here when he was here.

Sell to whoever wants him for whatever we can get.

Move on.

Danny O’Neill
24 Posted 29/11/2022 at 06:36:12
I'm probably in the minority here, but I wouldn't mind giving him another go.
Derek Thomas
25 Posted 29/11/2022 at 06:45:31
Danny @ 19;

With self-confessed problems of weight and self-evident problems of attitude plus the Juve Board replacement due to transfer shenanigans – be careful what you wish for... we'll probably end up having to pay them and take him back on whatever scandalous weekly rate we were conned into offering him way back when. To be fair, that wasn't his fault.

Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 29/11/2022 at 07:04:38
At 22 years old, still young enough to be whipped into shape, Derek. Both physically and mentally under the right management team.

Remember Grealish being dismissed as a young player because of his off-the-pitch habits and attitude? No person is beyond mentoring and coaching.

I don't for 1 minute think it will happen. But given earlier rumours of Juventus wanting to retract and wanting a discount, plus this latest story, it appears we won't get the money.

So for me, a 22-year-old 6ft striker with raw potential who is on our books? Give it another chance. Especially with our limited options at present.

Danny O’Neill
27 Posted 29/11/2022 at 07:20:02
Apologies for being over active this morning. The plot thickens...

Just seen a flash that Juventus are interested in signing Onana and exploring the possibility of offering Weston McKennie and they don't want to pay €40M for Onana.

Call me suspicious, but there is obviously some sort of dialogue going on between Everton and Juventus??

Sam Hoare
28 Posted 29/11/2022 at 07:30:09

I know what you are saying but concentrating on players to make an ‘immediate impact' is partly what has put us in our current position, financially at least.

The likes of Doucoure, Allan, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Walcott etc have made enormous financial losses for the club whereas Kean, despite being a huge flop here, will probably break even or maybe even make a small profit (when including his loan fees). Highly rated raw talents are usually likely to be given a second or even third chance.

Last summer, we seemed to be headed in the right direction with bids for the likes of Mudryk, Gakpo and Kudus – young players with lots to prove yet. Sadly, none of them came off and all are now probably beyond reach. But this is the approach we must continue.

We could do worse than just gazumping Brighton for all their transfers. They have just bid £10M for David Fofana, one of the most exciting talents in Scandinavia.

I know what you mean about needing players to help the team in its current plight but also important to retain a long term view at the same time. No reason we can't find players in their early 20s who can contribute in the present but also grow their value.

Ian Bennett
29 Posted 29/11/2022 at 08:21:17
Juve board resigned for false accounting.

I just know this will come back on Everton over Moise Kean fee.

Alan J Thompson
30 Posted 01/12/2022 at 04:55:42
Danny (#27),

"Obviously some sort of dialogue going on between Everton and Juventus."

I was beginning to wonder if you were alluding to the financial and accounting positions of each club or if this was just another case of asking, "What would Everton do?", but then read that the entire Juve Board had resigned.

Probably made Bill gag on his coffee in amazement that they hadn't claimed it as expenses for some super-duper mowers.

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