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Everton: Noel Whelan slams ‘average’ Toffees star Moise Kean

Everton: Noel Whelan slams ‘average’ Toffees star Moise Kean

Moise Kean is still yet to score his first goal in an Everton shirt, and ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan is not convinced. 

The former Juventus wonderkid became a Toffees player in the summer, signing for the club in a deal worth £25.1 million with potential add-ons, according to Football Insider.

But now, former Leeds forward and pundit Noel Whelan has explained how he doesn’t think Kean has shown any worth to that huge price tag.

With obvious potential, the Italian’s ceiling is undoubtedly high given his record at Juventus – six goals in five starts to be exact – but Whelan hasn’t seen anything from the young striker to suggest he could do the same in England.

“They’ve got a lot of flair in midfield and down the wings but they’re lacking that potent striker,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“And if they had sorted that out, they probably wouldn’t be in the position they are now because Kean to me looks average, he hasn’t shown anything special to me yet, to suggest he’s their No.9, he’s their main striker that can get 20-goals-a-season.”

So far, all the 19-year-old has to show for his time at the Toffees is a league assist, having only completed a whole 90 minutes on one occasion this season. In fact, according to WhoScored, teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin is beating him in almost every attacking metric this season.

Indeed, Kean is trailing in terms of goals (0 to 2), shots per game (1.1 to 1.3), fouls won (0.5 to 1) and aerial duels won per game (0.4 to 5) so it does look to have been a difficult start to life these on shores for him.

Obviously, there is still plenty of time for Kean to reignite the form he had in Serie A, but the clock is ticking, and the teenager needs to adapt sooner rather than later.

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