When Everton signed Moise Kean from Juventus for almost £30 million last summer, many football fans were slightly surprised.
The youngster had scored seven goals in 17 appearances for Juventus during the 2018/19 campaign and appeared to be one of the exciting young prospects in Europe.
It looked to be an incredible piece of business from Everton.
However, not everyone was convinced.
Even before he had kicked a ball for his new club, Graeme Souness questioned Kean’s attitude and Juve’s willingness to sell him.
“If he’s 19, why have Juventus sold him?” Souness asked.
“Personally, there’s a slight alarm bell going off in my head. Juventus are arguably the biggest and wealthiest club in Italy. Given that they’ve got an older strike force and you’re selling a 19-year-old who won’t be hurting you wage wise.
“They’ve not got £100million plus for him, I think there will be other issues there. I don’t know. If they’ve not got a buyback clause then they’re happy to see him out the door. At 19.
“It doesn’t make any common sense. It seems as if Juventus are saying ‘we don’t care about how good he’s going to be, go on you can take him’.
“It’s a bit like Emmanuel Adebayor, at 25 just about to enter his best years and Arsene Wenger sold him to Manchester City.
“Right away you were thinking that he’s not selling him because he’s not a good footballer, it’s because something is not quite right. And that’s how it turned out to be.”
At the time, Souness was slammed for his comments.
Many fans believed that the Sky Sports pundit was judging Kean purely on the colour of his skin.
But was he right the whole time?
Since his comments, Kean has scored just once in 26 appearances in all competitions. Ok, that may have absolutely nothing to do with his attitude but it’s not particularly impressive.
But just two months after Souness said those words, Kean was dropped from Everton’s squad to face Southampton as a disciplinary measure after being late for a team meeting for the second time.
The following month, he was substituted on and then substituted off after just 18 minutes against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Manager at the time, Duncan Ferguson said Kean “struggled to get up to the speed of the game.”
And now, after hosting a party at his apartment in a clear breach of the government’s lockdown rules it seems he will be praying Everton give him one more chance to prove himself.
The club are said to be ‘appalled’ by his behaviour and he’s now set to be punished once again by the Toffees.
Still only 20, there’s plenty of time for Kean to mature and show everyone why Everton spent so much money on him.
But at the moment, he’s only proving Souness right.
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