It’s fair to say that, of the more surprising transfers this summer, Moise Kean swapping Juventus for Everton was one of the most unexpected.
The Italian striker emerged as one of the hottest properties in Europe last season, with a series of impressive performances for Juve.
However, with just a year left on his contract and him not showing any willingness to sign a new deal, Juventus elected to sell.
That saw Everton swoop in, pulling off one of the more impressive deals of the summer, and sign the striker they have been looking for since Romelu Lukaku’s departure.
Kean will get the game time he wants at Everton and the coach of Italy’s Under 21 side, Paolo Nicolato, is pleased by that.
“Few Italians are wanted abroad, and this should make us think,” he told Alanews.
“Kean has gone to England, which is not just any country. The problem is finding space: better a player is out (of the country) and playing than on the bench in Italy.
“We have a group of guys who have good prospects, we’ll see.”
While Kean has endured plenty of praise on the pitch in his short career to date, he’s faced criticism off it.
Earlier this summer he and teammate Nicolò Zaniolo found themselves under intense criticism for turning up to a national team meeting late.
They were later punished because of this, with Roberto Mancini, coach of Italy’s senior side, electing to demote both back to the Under 21 team.
The hope is that the pair will learn their lesson, and Nicolato says that is the most important thing to take away from the episode.
“The Federation has a line of behaviour that must be followed; the important thing is to learn from mistakes,” he added.