The signing of Moise Kean at Everton was, at the time, seen as one of the most ambitious transfers in the summer window, yet nearly three months since arriving on Merseyside, the striker has been predictably poor.
As stats from Transfermarkt show, the Italian U-21 international has only managed one assist in 10 appearances for the Toffees, with Kean starting just three games for Marco Silva’s side as the Portuguese manager has taken a preference to Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison in the starting striker position.
And with Kean playing just over 360 minutes of football this season, it perhaps comes as no surprise that the 19-year-old striker has already been linked with a move back to Italy, with CalcioMercato reporting via Milan Live that AC Milan are interested in the teenage striker.
Although the report does not state whether or not the struggling Serie A giants are interested in a permanent move for the Everton prospect, it does bring up the idea that maybe a loan move away from the Premier League could be exactly what Kean needs at this stage in his career.
The striker is at an important stage in his career where Kean needs to be playing regular first-team minutes, and at Everton, where the Italian is seemingly only an option off the bench, the former Juventus prodigy could be smart to seek a temporary move away from Merseyside.
The attacker has already had one spell out on-loan in his career, with stats from Transfermarkt showing that Kean spent a season at Hellas Verona in the 2016/17 Serie A campaign, where the teenager scored four goals in 20 appearances in his first real stint of playing first-team football.
Kean is a special talent, with The Daily Mail comparing the Italian youngster to France star Kylian Mbappe as well as former Manchester City star Mario Balotelli, but with first-team minutes hard to come by at Everton, perhaps a loan move would be the best course of action for the 19-year-old striker.