Italy manager Roberto Mancini has claimed, via TuttoMercatoWEB, Everton-owned striker Moise Kean must improve his mentality despite scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Lithuania.
The Azzurri claimed their first win since the Euro 2020 final against Lithuania at the Mapei Stadium on Wednesday night. Bulgaria and Switzerland had held Italy to draws during their previous World Cup qualifying ties over the September international period.
Kean played no role against Bulgaria or Switzerland, before the 21-year-old earned first competitive cap since last October against Lithuania. He marked the occasion by striking Italy’s first and fourth goals, firing home after only 11-minutes to break the deadlock.
Italy’s win over Lithuania additionally marked Kean’s first appearance since leaving Everton to re-join Juventus on Deadline Day. The forward returned to Turin on a two-year loan deal worth €7m (£6m) with a €28m (£24m) obligation to buy. The clause automatically triggers if he achieves a set number of sporting objectives – likely relating to the games played.
Kean – who scored four goals in 39 outings with Everton – could make his second Juventus debut at Napoli on Saturday. Italy manager Mancini, seemingly, will be monitoring how the Vercelli-born frontman performs mentally back at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
“I see little of him, [so] I can’t do much [to help him improve],” Mancini said. “But it is clear that he has to work on this, you have to have the head. The career is not very long, it goes by quickly and you have to have the right head. I think he has the qualities, techniques.”
Everton never saw the best of Kean before Italy striker’s Juventus return
Everton never saw the best of Kean before the Italy striker returned to Juventus, two years after moving to Merseyside. He ultimately left Goodison Park having scored just twice in 32 Premier League games and only started six fixtures.
His other two goals came in the Carabao Cup under Carlo Ancelotti before joining Paris Saint-Germain on loan last season. The 10-cap attacker found his form again in France with 17 goals in 41 games – including netting away to Barcelona.
Now, Kean will be working to show Mancini he has the right mentality by filling Cristiano Ronaldo’s void at Juventus. A task that, by completing, would show Everton why they spent £25m to sign the Italy forward back in 2019.