Carlo Ancelotti will have taken note of Moise Kean’s latest performance for Paris Saint-Germain, as the Everton loanee shrugged off two tepid displays to bring an added level of intensity to the French giants’ offence against Dijon FCO on Saturday.
Kean joined PSG on a season-long loan earlier this year having struggled to establish his presence at Goodison Park under Ancelotti, who awarded his compatriot just five starts upon succeeding Marco Silva at the helm.
Thomas Tuchel has already been forced to trust Kean far more often in the absence of Mauro Icardi, with the Argentine sidelined through a knee injury, but would not have been impressed by the Italian centre-forward’s forlorn debut against Nimes Olympique and his woeful night against Manchester United in the Champions League.
Kean shrugged off a difficult week to impress against Dijon on Saturday, though, as he offered an invaluable display at the Parc des Princes to put a smile on Tuchel’s face.
While attempting to keep expectations of Kean to a minimum, Tuchel noted after his side’s 4-0 rout via quotes by Goal: “He brings intensity to our game. It is his strength to bring intensity. He is an athletic player.
“He showed that he could help in matches at that level. We can’t expect too much from him [as] he didn’t play much at Everton. He has to keep improving.”
Kean, who can join PSG permanently next summer for €20million (£18.1m), impressed vastly against Dijon this weekend to warrant SofaScore’s joint-highest match rating at 8.4/10 with Neymar, having opened his account for the Ligue 1 giants with a brace.
The 20-year-old Everton signed for £25.1m in 2019 struck his first of the game inside the third minute after connecting with Mitchel Bakker’s cross in from the left, before doubling his tally 20 minutes later to capitalise on a gift from Neymar.
Kean’s delivery, support in deep positions and willingness to shift into wide roles allowed the forward to find pockets of space where he could record two further efforts on goal, attempt six duels – albeit only winning one of five ground battles – make one tackle and play six accurate passes from seven.
Having only taken 14 touches, Kean’s impact could have been even more superior than it was at the Parc des Princes this weekend, but his performance will have alerted Ancelotti to what he is capable of offering in the right role and against the right opposition.
Tuchel, meanwhile, will need to see Kean take these sort of performances to a more consistent basis and against higher levels of competition if PSG are to trigger their option to buy next summer.
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