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Former England international Darren Bent has blasted Marco Silva for his treatment of Moise Kean and claims the Everton boss must take some of the blame for his struggle.
Kean has been struggling in England ever since his move to Merseyside and he has failed to score for his new club. In fact, the £36m-rated man has averaged just one shot per Premier League game and has not looked like scoring at all for Everton.
Bent told Football Insider: “You’re not from this country, you don’t know it that well, you become a little bit disinterested if you’re not playing, you focus can go a little bit.
“It can be difficult and I do blame a little bit Marco Silva, bringing him over here, not playing him in his right position and not giving him enough minutes.
“You don’t get rated as one of the best youngsters in the world for nothing, so obviously he’s got something there, because he’s playing a little bit here, there, out of position, it’s tough. He can’t get any consistency.
“Punctuality, he’s got to sort that out but I think Marco Silva’s got to take the blame a little bit because I don’t think he’s handled the situation very well at all.”
Kean established himself as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe after he burst onto the Juventus scene. The Italian scored six Serie A goals in 13 games for the Old Lady last season and as per Transfermarkt data, each was from a centre-forward role.
Now, with Everton, Silva has occasionally deployed the 19-year-old as a winger and Kean has since struggled to bring much to the team.
The former Watford boss needs to go back to playing him where he proved his worth and allow him a consistent run in the team.
The teenager showed last year he can be a great addition to Everton, but as time goes on, his confidence will surely begin to take a hit.