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Talent Scout – Moise Kean (Juventus / Italy)

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His defiant response to racist abuse drew praise, but it’s sheer talent that’s propelled Moise Kean onto scout shortlists across Europe in 2019.

He made his Bianconeri debut age just 16, and the striker has become a regular feature since January 2019. A call-up to the Italian national team was inevitable considering their dearth of quality strikers, and he hasn’t disappointed. Two goals in his first three games for the Azzuri followed. This raised expectation that Kean will finally be the kind of prolific forward the country hasn’t seen since Filippo Inzaghi.

Playing Style

Kean prefers to play as a central lone striker, although can operate on the left of a front two. He has an abundance of pace and is deceptively strong for such a rangy player, measuring almost 6 feet (182cm) tall. His shooting has been impressive as his goal ratio suggests. He’s good with his head, and can be opportunistic in and around the box. As a child he was a fan of Inter and idolised Obafemi Martins. There are definitely elements of his game within Kean.

He’s quickly becoming a fantastic all-round forward player. And with Cristiano Ronaldo as an example he’s destined to get better.

Career so far

Having started out at youth level with Asti and Torino, Juventus’ talent scout network lured Moise Kean aged 10 and made his professional debut in November 2016, age 16. In doing so, he became the first player born in the 2000s to score in one of Europe’s top four leagues. He then earned the same distinction in the Champions League after appearing against Sevilla that same month.

A year-long loan to Verona in 2017-18 yielded four goals in 19 appearances, before he decided to return to Juventus for the 2018-19 season instead of going out on loan again – reportedly for the chance to train and play alongside Ronaldo.

Kean has represented Italy at every age group from the under-15s onwards, and made his Senior team debut in November 2018 in a friendly against the United States. He started his next game against Finland in March 2019 and scored his first goal, becoming the youngest player to start for Italy since 1912.

What they say…

“Kean has quality, enormous potential and it all depends on him”

Italy coach Roberto Mancini on Moise Kean after his first senior goal against Finland

“He scored a goal against Liechtenstein and, with all due respect to Liechtenstein, he is not Ronaldo or Messi. I need to keep him grounded after this media hype, which is normal.”

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri tries to calm the hype after Kean scores for Italy again.

“CR7? I had only seen him on the PlayStation before! Playing with him has improved me a lot, I learn a lot from him as well as from the other champions with the Bianconeri.”

Moise Kean on playing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.

Prospects

So far, 2019 has seen Moise Kean well and truly become the future of Italian football. He has taken to top level football with ease. His playing style is something that has been missing from the Azzuri for a long time.

Playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala will provide a fantastic education for the next couple of years, before Kean will be ready to step up to become Juve’s star man outright.

That is, if Juventus even manage to hang on to arguably Europe’s hottest striking prospect since Kylian Mbappé.

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