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Moise Kean is adjusting to English football and whilst there have been positive signs, his performance against Wolves suggests that patience will be needed.
The 19-year-old impressed in his limited game time at Juventus last season, scoring six Serie A goals from just five starts, and he has so far been unlucky to not get off the mark for his new side – hitting the post in a League Cup match against Lincoln City.
Marco Silva rewarded the impact he has made in his substitute appearances with his first Premier League start against Wolves, but he struggled to get into the game and failed to show the most effective side of his game.
Despite that, his movement and presence in the opposition final third caused problems for Wolves’ ordinarily resolute defence. His work rate contributed to the Toffees’ opening goal as he forced a mistake from goalkeeper Rui Patricio, which allowed Richarlison to strike home.
As mentioned, his lack of involvement in the game was clear, underlined by the fact he made just six passes during his 75 minutes on the pitch, as per WhoScored, and that could be a concern for Silva.
Likewise, he only made one successful dribble and had just 28 touches of the ball, which will need drastic improvement if he and Everton are going to become more of a threat in the final third.
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However, by comparison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had only 21 touches in Everton’s last home game against Watford, and made only 11 passes, which suggests the striker’s lack of involvement is due more to the team’s playing style.
Kean performs best when running onto the end of through-balls and crosses, but in the Premier League he will need to be more useful with the ball at his feet if he is to create chances for the likes of Richarlison or Alex Iwobi.
His seven bad touches led to the opposition nicking the ball away from him, and he was tackled three times when in possession – although playing against Wolves’ three centre-backs may have been a factor in that, and he could potentially improve against opposition playing a back four.