When Moise Kean signed for Everton, Marcel Brands told his family that the club would look after him.
“We will take of your son,” the Toffees figure said to his mother on the day he signed his contract.
Unfortunately, that statement was far from the truth. Kean only started six Premier League games last season before he was remarkably taken on loan by PSG this campaign.
The 21-year-old’s time in Merseyside has not gone according to plan. Once a wonderkid at Juventus, he has only bagged four goals for Everton and has even been substituted on and off in the same game.
As he slowly trudged down the Old Trafford sideline after being hauled off by Duncan Ferguson last term, it painted a desperately sad image.
This was not the promise Brands had made when Kean first signed.
However, after a stellar campaign in France, Everton really need to consider handing him a proper opportunity. Alongside the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the youngster hasn’t looked out of place.
He has been ruthless in front of goal, showing an extraordinary amount of confidence for someone who appeared to be so shy at Goodison Park.
From an Everton point of view, the focus has always been on bringing through Anthony Gordon; the jewel in the crown of their academy.
He might be homegrown but Everton would be foolish to waste a player like Kean. After all, he’s shown mesmeric form at the highest level throughout 2020/21.
Kean’s early form was impeccable. After his first 13 games in the French top-flight, he’d found the back of the net on nine occasions. He even scored against Barcelona in the last 16 of Europe.
The striker shone under Thomas Tuchel before he was given the boot by Paris chiefs but he was clearly a player the German loved.
Tuchel described him as “fearless” earlier in the campaign, a word you wouldn’t have associated with his opening year in English football.
His confidence levels are flowing and if he is willing to have a second opportunity at Everton, they must take it with open arms.
PSG don’t have an option to buy Kean in the terms of his loan deal but he surely won’t be short of many suitors.
Everton are reportedly seeking a bid of £40m to sell the attacker but they must avoid losing him at all costs; he is one of the best young talents in European football.