Is Kean the answer for Everton?
Having splashed the cash on Moise Kean this summer, can the Italian forward solve Everton's problems in the final third?
In one of the more intriguing deals of the summer transfer window, Everton forked out a reported £30million to snap up Italy international Kean from Juventus on a five-year contract, bringing an end to his nine-year stay in Turin.
The 19-year-old, who has already won two Serie A titles, is one of the most highly-regarded players across Europe and the Toffees appear to have pulled off a real coup in acquiring his services ahead of a number of top European clubs.
In total, owner Farhad Moshiri has spent offer £100m on transfer this summer, having also sanctioned the deadline-day move for Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi, who could end up costing the Merseyside outfit £34m due to potential add-ons.
Supporters are hoping Kean’s arrival will help to bolster the attacking options in the squad and provide a regular flow of goals, something which has been missing from a single player since Romelu Lukaku left in July 2017 for Manchester United.
The Belgium international, who departed Old Trafford this summer to join Inter Milan, was Everton’s top goalscorer for four consecutive seasons and his tally of 26 Premier League goals in the 2016/17 season represents a club record.
With the Toffees harbouring ambitions of breaking into the top six this term, they will need to improve on their goal tally, having netted just 54 times last season, an amount that was beaten by the top seven teams in the league, barring Wolverhampton Wanderers, who scored 47 times.
So, with Kean now on board, does he have the same firepower as Lukaku?
Based on the forward’s stats from Serie A in the previous campaign, he seems to have an eye for goal. The youngster made 13 appearances, which totalled to 536 minutes, and scored six goals, which averages at one strike every 89 minutes.
Judging by that record, there should definitely be optimism from the Everton faithful although the summer arrival did say he has set himself a target of scoring seven goals this term.
For a £30m player, that seems very low. However, he is embarking on his maiden PL campaign and needs to be given time to adapt to the new style of play in England’s top flight.
Kean made his debut off the bench for Everton‘s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on the opening weekend, but Morgan Schneiderlin’s sending off in the second half meant the visitors were unable to put many attacks together.
Once settled into life at Goodison Park, it will be interesting to see how the Italian performs if handed a regular starting place under Marco Silva.
The talent is certainly there with Kean. It all depends on whether the manager can extract consistent performances from him and make him a major threat in the final third.