Transfer Grade: Everton Steal Moise Kean from Juventus for £29M ($36M USD)

Written By Chops on July 31, 2019

Who: Moise Kean
From Where: Juventus
To Where: Everton
For How Much: £29 million ($36M USD) plus add-ons
Grade for Everton: A
Grade for Juventus: D

Moise Kean to Everton Overview

Another day, another team outside the Premier League Big 6 throws down the gauntlet!

Everton continues to build on a strong summer by snagging talented striker Moise Kean from Juventus.

The deal is for a relatively modest £29 million. It’s a good bit of business for Everton. They’ve now spent around £62 million ($75M) on transfers this summer–or over £60M more than Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Who is he?

Moise Kean is a 19 year old striker from Italy.

He made his senior team debut with Juventus as a 16 year-old in November 2016. He was loaned to Verona for the 2017-18 season before returning to Juventus.

Kean was stuck behind Cristiano Ronaldo on the depth chart, but he still managed to net 6 goals in only 536 minutes (8 games / 5 starts) for Juventus in Serie A. He’s also scored 2 goals in 3 caps for the Italian national team.

Is the price fair?

Yes. Very.

Two worthy comparables are Joelinton to Newcastle for £40m and Luka Jovic to Real Madrid for €60M.

Joelinton and Jovic — both 21 — were more productive in larger roles for lesser squads. In a more limited / less featured role, Kean scored at a Divock Origi-esque goal per 89 minutes.

In limited national team action, he’s also near a goal per 90.

The kid will get goals. So at that price and age, yes, it’s a good deal.

What impact should we expect?

It’s never easy to project how a 19 year-old, born in Italy and used to the annoying and overly dramatic histrionics of Serie A football Italian style of play will adapt to the colder, damper, more physical Premier League. However, his talent is undeniable. His fast and has a proper striker’s mentality of getting goals at any cost.

That’s good, because other than penetrating and finishing, he’s still a work in progress. You’ll notice a lack of assists on his stat sheet. That’s because he doesn’t really link up well. Or look to even. While 6’0, he’s not a beast on aerials or a set piece threat yet.

Regardless, he’s 19 and can improve there. How he’ll fit with Everton is obvious: he’ll combine with young and inconsistent but talented Richarlison and the Icelandic af Gylfi Sigurdsson to form a potent attack.

Richarlison and Sigurdsson each netted 13 goals last campaign. The next closest on the squad had 6 (Dominic Calvert-Lewin).

If Kean integrates well with the squad, he could give Everton three double-digit goal scorers. Combined with world-class left-back Lucas Digne, center-back Michael Keane, and goalie Jordan Pickford–this Everton team can challenge for a top 6 spot.

The Grades

Everton (A): Kean made every “top under 20 player in the world” list you saw last year. Everton needed another goal scoring threat. To get him at such a fair price is a major coup.

Juventus (D): Unless there is something going on behind-the-scenes with Kean that Juventus saw and didn’t like, this deal makes no sense. And even then, it still doesn’t make much sense.

Ronaldo is old and not getting better. Kean is young and only getting better. Why give up on him now? Did they need the money? This may be a move Juventus ends up regretting in a major way years from now.

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