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Everton Striker Criticised For Sealing A Loan Move To France: Does He Have A Future At Merseyside?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, Noel Whelan has criticised Everton striker Moise Kean for sealing a loan move to France after he decided to join Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan deal on Sunday. Whelan shared his thoughts on the Italian forward’s transfer and said (via Football Insider), “I never rated Moise Kean.

“I did not rate him when he came into Everton, even though there was a lot of hype about him. That is all it was, hype.

“The Premier League was too much for him. He never showcased his skills or what he had to offer because he did not produce when given the opportunity.

“We are looking at a ruthless Everton now. They are bigger and better. Kean does not fit the bill for Ancelotti.

“Hopefully it will click for him at PSG, and they can get him off the wage bill permanently.

“They need a better striker than Kean because he does not offer anything. He doesn’t score goals, his movement is not the best, and he cannot hold the ball up. Just look at Calvert-Lewin – that is a striker that ticks all the boxes.

“The lockdown did not do Kean any favours either. The party he had showed a lack of respect, and quite frankly I would have got him out then if it was possible.”

Kean’s Disappointing Spell At Merseyside

It is clear as day that Kean’s loan move has not gone down well with Noel Whelan after the Italian’s miserable spell at Goodison Park since he arrived from Juventus last summer. The 20-year-old has only managed to score four goals and secure two assists in 37 matches for the Toffees so far.

The Vercelli-born marksman failed to discover any consistency with his performances up top as he averaged 1.0 shots, 0.3 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He also gave away the ball cheaply at times when linking up with his teammates in the attacking third after making only 76.8% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Everton's Moise Kean criticised for sealing a move to France (Moise Kean is celebrating in the picture)
Moise Kean of Everton celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on January 21, 2020, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

What Does The Italian International Offer On The Pitch?

Kean boasts decent pace in his locker but has struggled to make too many driving runs with the ball during his time in England. He was slowly turning himself into a clinical finisher back at Juventus but has taken a step backwards at Everton. When the Italian prospect is playing with confidence, he can use his body to hold the ball and make himself useful in and around the opposition penalty area.

Does Kean Have A Future At Goodison Park?

His lack of productivity is quite concerning, which explains why the Toffees have decided to let him go out on loan to PSG this summer. Maybe a switch to France could propel the striker find some form at the top level.

Plus, having Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe beside him could help Kean get more goal-scoring chances at the French capital. Hence, he might come back as a better version of himself next summer. All in all, it seems like Kean has a bleak future at the Merseyside club, but there is still plenty of time for him to improve and become a success story in European football.

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