When Moise Kean swapped Merseyside for Paris Saint-Germain last month after trying to get a regular season with the Blues, some eyebrows were raised.
One of the more surprising moves of Everton’s summer transfer window made a very good start.
Everton striker Moise Kean, who was loaned out by Everton, got off to a flying start with four goals in his last two games at Paris Saint-Germain
The 20-year-old’s last two games for his temporary team brought in four goals, two of which he scored against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday evening in the Champions League.
However, the French champions’ injuries paved the way for Everton’s temporary player to score early, and he seized that chance with both hands.
After all, if the young Italian player could not get regular playing time alongside Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, what hope would he have of ousting players of the caliber of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe?
Despite the striker’s short spell at Goodison Park, during which opinions in many areas of the fan base have diverged widely, it should perhaps not come as too much of a surprise that the striker is gradually moving to the back of the net.
The latest games are the second and third times he has started for PSG, plus a substitution match against Manchester United in the Champions League.
In the last few months of the season, the Italian international admittedly found it difficult to join the team on a constant basis, as there was no cup football and Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin performed in fantastic form before him.
Four goals in three starts is certainly not a bad record and also reflects the end of last season with Everton.
In fact, his last three starts in Royal Blue were within a span of about eight months apart.
The next start, however, came in the last game of the season in the home game against Bournemouth, where Kean scored Everton’s only goal in the disappointing 3-1 defeat.
The trio’s first game, against Newcastle United at home, allowed the striker to open his account for his new club, having joined Juventus from Juventus the summer before.
The 20-year-old played a fast-paced start to the current season and made only one start for the Blues before retiring on loan.
In a substitution game against Fleetwood Town, he added another goal to his account and brought his goals for Everton up to the level he had achieved during his time at PSG on loan.
Kean led the pack as Salford City visited Goodison and, for most of the game, cut a frustrated figure without being able to find the back of the net until a late penalty allowed him to get on the scoreboard.
What should not be forgotten is that although Kean may not have reached the heights one would have expected of him upon arrival, he had created a good platform on which to build in his first season.
The statistics showed that despite his shortened playing time and with an understanding that there were large areas for improvement, there were parts of the youngster’s game that were comparable to both Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin.