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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti vows to improve Moise Kean after missing out on striker at Napoli

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:38, 23 December 2019

New Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he will work Moise Kean to ensure the young striker improves.

Kean, 19, joined Everton from Juventus in the summer and his move was hailed as a coup from the Toffees given his high potential.

However, things haven’t exactly gone to plan so far for the Italian, with Kean struggling to make his mark in an underperforming side.

Does Moise Kean have a future at Everton? Five things to know…

  • Kean joined Everton from Juventus in the summer for £29m.
  • The 19-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Goodison Park so far.
  • His Toffees career hit a low point after being substituted just 18 minutes after coming on against Manchester United.
  • As a result, Kean has been linked with a move away from Everton.
  • However, new Everton boss Ancelotti has vowed to improve Kean’s performances.

Under Marco Silva he made 11 league appearances and started twice but failed to score and only recorded one assist. In Silva’s final two games Kean played just 42 minutes having failed to feature in the previous four.

His time only got worse under interim manager Duncan Ferguson, managing just 28 minutes across three league games. Kean’s Everton career hit its lowest point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford when he came on as a substitute in the 71st minute.

The Italian lasted just 18 minutes before being replaced by Oumar Niasse and trudged straight down the touchline to the tunnel. Speaking after the match Ferguson claimed the substitution was made to kill time as Everton looked to hold onto their point, but it was widely perceived to be a snub.

However, the arrival of Ancelotti at Goodison Park has thrown Kean a lifeline, with the Champions League-winning manager an admirer of his compatriot.

“He did really well last year,” he told reporters at his first Everton press conference.

“We were involved, when I was in Napoli, to try to buy him. He signed for Everton.

“I think he is a really good player with a lot of talent. He showed fantastic talent last year with Juventus, even if he didn’t play a lot.

“But he is 19 years old and for every player that changes country, changes teams, they need adaptation. We have to wait and we have to work on him to improve his quality and be a better professional. But he has top quality.”

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Ancelotti rules out Everton move for Ibrahimovic

Alongside the hopes of Kean reviving his Everton career following Ancelotti’s arrival, Everton’s new boss also brought transfer rumours with him.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season, the Swede’s next club has been a big topic for discussion.

Ibrahimovic has previously worked with Ancelotti at PSG, with the Italian bringing the striker to the club and building a good relationship. But Ancelotti appears to have ruled out Ibrahimovic joining Everton.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a good friend of mine,” he added. “Fortunately, I have trained a lot of fantastic players.

“Ibrahimovic finished his period in the United States and I don’t know what is his idea.

“I have to call him – maybe I am going to call him. If he wants to come to Liverpool to enjoy, he can come. But not to play!”