The poise and form that Moise Kean has demonstrated at Paris Saint Germain under Thomas Tuchel this season is the exact form that Everton fans were hoping would arrive at Merseyside in the summer transfer window coming into last season. At that time, Kean needed to escape Italian football’s racist under—and sometimes over—tones, and the Toffees appeared a perfect destination. But after just one season, two managers and a season of tumult on and off the pitch, it was believed that a season away at another club might be the ticket before the rest of the youngster’s career is to continue.
With his success and confidence apparent in France, might bringing him back to Merseyside this winter be the easiest move of all to make? While The Athletic confirmed in November that the Toffees intend to have him play the whole season in Paris, circumstances continue to develop and the proposition itself could be useful if our current form holds. I myself believe that the Parisian holiday could offer us a player in proper form, just in time to offer greater diversity in attack, and more goals ultimately, during these assorted English campaigns.
Moise Kean: A different type of striker this season, and the Toffees require as much
In a season that began with such bright expression and results, goals from those not named Dominici Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison have become increasingly difficult to find on a consistent basis. Even with offensive tinkering and innovations of shape and idea, things have not been easy recently on Merseyside after an absolutely brilliant start. One is forced to question whether it would have not been wise in hindsight to look for one more offensive piece during the summer. A Hirving Lozano, Thomas Lemar or even Arkadiusz Milik could have made the difference across the last month or so I’m sure; in any event, retrieving Kean, even at some cost, will be an answer that proves far less expensive than any of those options would’ve been at the time.
And while it will likely mean the official end for Cenk Tosun, that is more than reasonable as an exchange of sorts. It will be important for Carlo Ancelotti and Everton to take note of how their Italian striker has been used so far on a team that has both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe already. With that said, it could very well be that Kean plays alongside Calvert-Lewin up top, using a 4-4-2 as was seen at times last season. With the proper midfield play, an attacking front that would feature Richarlison, Kean, Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez could be both frightening and provocative in attack. One would suspect of course, that with such an attack, that the players behind them would have to step up their own defensive games as well; but as Don Carlo said just the other day, “we did not bring in James Rodriguez to play defence”, and that mentality will likely remain true for any offensive innovation made this winter.
With the young Italian’s recent numbers, a similar level of…
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