Juventus product Moise Kean turned quite a few heads this weekend for Hellas Verona as he scored his first brace in an away victory over eleventh place Fiorentina, increasing his domestic goal tally to four this season. Certainly, a rather impressive feat at only seventeen and with the game time has been provided.
While Kean has not attracted the same attention as fellow Italian starlets Patrick Cutrone and Pietro Pellegri this season, he very soon will be.
Kean has been regarded as one of Italy’s most promising youngsters, and anyone who has watched the teenager knows that he is a quick and precise striker. He is great physically and an all-around tough forward. His technical ability and aerial presence as well are very impressive for his age and make him a great target man for any team he plays for. Even though he prefers to be played as the main striker, he is very capable of playing the role of a second striker and with his pace, has been tested on the wing.
He started his youth career in 2007, with Serie D side Asti Calcio Football Club but would quickly be offered to Torino who signed the youngster. He subsequently spent three years with I Granata before signing with city rival’s and Italian giants Juventus in 2010. Kean would go on to dominate for Juventus at the Under-17 level and notch twenty-nine goals in thirty-six appearances for the Bianconeri before earning promotion to the Primavera side. His attacking lethality continued on from there, scoring twelve and assisting five in a total of twenty appearances. As a result, he was called up to to Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus.
At the senior level, Moise has made a few headlines by making his professional debut for ‘the Old Lady’ in November 2016 at the age of only sixteen. This appearance made him the first player born in the 2000s to play in not only Serie A but also in one of Europe’s four major leagues.
Days later, Kean became the first player born in the 2000s to feature in the UEFA Champions League when he came off the bench in a 3-1 win against Spanish side Sevilla. In Juventus’ final match of last season, Kean scored his first Juventus goal against Bologna. He also became the youngest player to ever score for Juventus in that final match day.
After spending his first professional season with Juventus, Kean was loaned to recently promoted Hellas Verona. While he is still very young, the young Italian has shown plenty of promise with some very exciting performances with Verona.
With Juventus missing out on Pietro Pellegri who just made a move to French side Monaco, they surely will be delighted at Kean’s progress. The fact that at age seventeen, he has four goals for a relegation side is tremendous not only for the Bianconeri but for Italian football as a whole.
Kean is still eligible to play for both the Italian and the Ivory Coast senior national team, and after the Azzurri missed out on the World Cup, it should be their utmost priority to secure him for he could be crucial for the future.
Italy has been recently scrutinized for doing a poor job producing its own players and allowing them to leave Serie A and flourish in other leagues. The same could be said specifically with Kean’s parent club Juventus who have taken a lot of flak for not developing their own youth players (more below). Juventus have been the most successful team in Italy for the past several years so it is hard to fault them for not putting their full focus on developing youth players. However, with Kean showing such promising signs at Hellas Verona, it could be huge for their image if they can mould him into an impact first-team talent.
On top of this, Kean is looking like a fine replacement for current Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentinian hitman is still doing a great job producing for Juve this season, but at 30-years old, they need to plan for the future.
With his current success, it’s unreasonable to think that Juve keeps Kean at the Allianz stadium next season as a backup for Higuain. He still has a long way to go, but as it stands right now, Juventus have a very special talent on their hand – and one with a very bright future ahead.