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Aston Villa Showing Interest In This Everton Striker: Should Gerrard Get Him On Board?

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In a recent tweet, journalist Marcello Chirico stated that Aston Villa are showing interest in Everton striker Moise Kean, who is currently playing on loan at Juventus, this summer. It is believed that the Villans are willing to give up Douglas Luiz to bring the Italy international to Villa Park in this off-season.

Kean’s Lackluster Loan Spell In Italian Football

Kean has experienced a loan spell of mixed emotions at Juventus but has managed to put in some productive displays at the focal point of Massimiliano Allegri’s attack. The 22-year-old netted five goals and secured three assists in 32 matches for the Italian outfit this season in Serie A.

The Vercelli-born sensation has struggled to be consistent as he is only averaging 0.9 shots, 0.2 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Italian first division. He has even distributed the ball well in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 78.3% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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GENOA, ITALY – MAY 6: Nadiem Amiri of Genoa (L) and Moise Kean of Juventus vie for the ball during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Juventus at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 30, 2022 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images)
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Should Aston Villa Boss Steven Gerrard Get Kean On Board?

Kean has decent pace under his belt and can make some encouraging runs with the ball in behind the opponent’s backline. He can get himself into a few dangerous areas in the final third and has got the strength to hold the ball up for his team.

However, the Italy international needs to improve his finishing if he intends to be a success story in Premier League football.

At 22, Kean has still got a lot of time to develop himself into a top goal-getter in European football. However, the Italian youngster is still unproven in England, so the Villans would be making a gamble if they decide to snap him up this summer.

Kean has got the skillset to provide decent competition for Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings at Villa Park in the coming seasons. Therefore, Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard should only consider getting the Italian on board if he intends to use him as a rotational squad player over the next couple of years.

Kean’s best years are ahead of him which makes him a good option for the West Midlands outfit to pursue in this off-season.

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