This article is part of Football FanCast’s Off the Bench series, which places in-game managerial decisions and squad selections under FFC’s microscope.
Moise Kean has had a slow but steady start to life in England with Everton since his summer move.
The Toffees parted with an initial £29m to bring the Italy international to Goodison Park from Juventus, but he has been handed just two Premier League starts by Marco Silva as he slowly adapts to his new surroundings.
However, his life could have been made a little bit easier if Silva had subbed him on in an appropriate position against Manchester City…
The Merseysiders had just gone 2-1 down after Riyad Mahrez struck a brilliant free-kick before Kean’s introduction in the 74th-minute.
Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Dominic Calvert-Lewin had the scoreline level at one apiece before the Algerian’s strike, but the youngster was not given the greatest opportunity to find an equaliser for his side due to Silva’s baffling use of the teenager.
A goal from Raheem Sterling 10 minutes after Kean’s introduction sealed the points for City, but the Italian can only be left thinking ‘what if’ had Silva subbed him on in a different position.
Why did Silva sub Kean on to play as a right forward?
According to his appearances recorded by Transfermarkt during his career, the 19-year-old didn’t make a single appearance in that position for Juventus last season, nor did he play there in the campaign before that one – the right is not an area that Kean has become too familiar with in his short career so far.
By that logic, it would be a strange decision to sub him on even against a club like Watford, let alone against the back-to-back Premier League champions who won a domestic treble last term.
Silva gave Kean little chance to influence the game by playing him on the right, and his ineffectiveness was evident in the youngster’s statistics.
He failed to have a single shot on goal in his 16 minutes on the pitch, nor did he manage to make a key pass or embark on a dribble – in fact, the forward only mustered up one pass in total during his time on the field, and even that wasn’t a successful one.
Silva got it all wrong with his baffling use of Kean.