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A lot was expected of Moise Kean by his manager when he arrived at Goodison Park but he has so far failed to deliver, and Everton have suffered as a result.
With the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse failing to deliver on the goal front for Marco Silva last term, it was a key aim of his to bring in a goalscorer over the summer.
It is a setback, therefore, that Kean has so far failed to make an impact.
The problem is as such that Silva has been unable to decide on his main striker, but so far the former Juventus man has been unable to displace Calvert-Lewin, despite his disappointing return of only two league goals scored.
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Everton’s goal return is likely an area of key concern for Silva, as the Toffees have just six goals in seven league games, and without a regular goalscorer in their side it is unlikely they will be able to compete with their top-six rivals, and the strikers they possess.
Although young and a possible player for the future, his stats from WhoScored underline the fact that he has so far failed to adjust to life in the Premier League.
He may prove to be an asset for his club but right now it seems like a mistake to have brought in a player who had made only 19 senior starts prior to his £27.5m move.
Not only has he failed to find the back of the net yet, but in truth he hasn’t looked close to scoring – achieving an average of just 1.3 shots per game.
Equally worrying is his involvement in matches, which is often scarce. His role as an impact sub is also negligible, coming on in matches against Bournemouth and Manchester City but managing a combined total of just 18 touches from his 37 minutes on the pitch.
His role in the squad is still unknown, therefore, and until he gels with his teammates it is likely that he won’t have a starting role, so Silva may instead have to rely on Calvert-Lewin.
An average of 5.9 passes per game also underlines his lack of involvement, whilst suggesting that he is not yet up to the speed of the Premier League, as he doesn’t offer goals or link-up in attack.
As a result, it is little surprise that he has often found himself on the bench, and until he makes adjustments it is unlikely he will score the goals needed for Everton to fulfil their top-six aims this season.