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Everton’s Moise Kean has struggled immensely since he arrived on Merseyside and has failed to secure a starting role within Marco Silva’s squad.
In fact, the Italian has started only twice in the league and averaged a dismal 6.18 rating in the nine league games he has played.
Now, the former Juventus man may have finally got the attention of the Everton boss with a magnificent performance for his country on Tuesday.
Kean scored twice for Italy U21s against Armenia U21s, which is the first time the forward has hit the back of the net for club or country in over two months. Indeed, his last goal whilst he has been at the club was also for his nation, as he bagged against Luxembourg U21s.
On Tuesday, however, the 19-year-old registered a 9.0 rating, as per SofaScore, and he seemed to pick up some threatening form in this game.
Kean also made three key passes in the match and managed to complete five out his seven dribble attempts.
Whilst the opposition were far from a formidable one, the fact Kean netted twice will surely have a great impact on his confidence.
Clearly, with his poor displays so far, the Italian has suffered from adapting to English football and perhaps he needed this performance just to boost his confidence and serve as a reminder to sceptics that he is a talented player.
Kean still has a lot to prove away from the pitch as well, after he was reportedly dropped for the game against Southampton for turning up late to a team meeting again.
However, the youngster may have an ideal opportunity to breathe life into his Everton career, with the club set to play eight games in the month of December, which includes an EFL Cup quarter-final.
Given his poor form, the recent disciplinary issue and the upcoming schedule, the teenager has chosen a good time to remind Silva of his quality.