Former Hull City defender Alex Bruce has urged Moise Kean to take a ‘look in the mirror’, otherwise the Italian forward risks being sold as part of Carlo Ancelotti’s potential summer rebuild at Everton.
Kean is yet to see out the first year of his Toffees career having been signed by former manager Marco Silva last August, when Director of Football Marcel Brands reached an agreement with Juventus to the tune of £25.1million rising to £27.5m with potential add-ons.
The Blues’ investment has thus far failed to return any rewards, with Kean only boasting one goal across all competitions, of which he struck in a 2-2 league draw with Newcastle United in January that he followed up with his second – and most recent – assist 11 days later away to Watford.
January’s draw at home to Newcastle remains Kean’s most recent league start in Royal Blue, too, with Ancelotti only willing to rely on the Italy U21 international to feature from the bench in eight of the following fixtures for a total of 150 of a possible 900 minutes.
Kean’s slack run of game time and performances when on the field have caused Bruce some serious concern as the end of the season nears, and is sure that Ancelotti will be starting to question whether or not the forward has a role to play next term if this is all he can manage.
Bruce has also joined fellow ex-player-turned pundit Darren Bent in raising doubt over Alex Iwobi’s Goodison Park career inside a year of his arrival from Arsenal, with the Nigerian winger’s performances also leaving much to the imagination.
“These are the individuals who need to take stock,” Bruce told Football Insider. “Look in the mirror, realise what the manager’s saying and improve in all aspects.
“If they don’t, you know what happens but if they do, I’m sure Ancelotti, with his experience, he’ll be looking at who’s had a positive effect from what he’s said.”
Will Moise Kean be at Everton next season?
Yes, he will be here
No, he will be sold
No, he'll go on loan
Kean’s lacklustre return in front of the goal has not been the only area where the Italian has failed for Everton thus far, either, with the 20-year-old only managing a total of 25 shots over his 26 Premier League outings, plus a scarce seven key balls and one accurate cross, per WhoScored data.
The Vercelli-born forward has only been successful with 22 of his 40 attempted dribbles, as well, while winning just nine of 32 attempted aerial duels and losing possession through unsuccessful touches 32 times.
If Ancelotti does not feel he can coach Kean enough to improve those numbers, or believe the forward has something to offer next term, then the exit door – whether permanent or on loan – may grow ever-nearer as Bruce suggests.