Walcott Reveals Why Everton Squad Have Been Impressed By Kean

Theo Walcott says striker Moise Kean is starting to “show what he is about” after the teenager struck his first Everton goal this week.

The majority of Kean’s Everton appearances have come from the bench and the Italian's start against Newcastle United on Tuesday was only his fifth in the Premier League.

Additionally, the midweek game represented the first time Kean had started successive top-flight matches since his summer move from Juventus.

Kean’s energy and assertiveness were influential factors in Everton establishing their authority over Newcastle. He capped a fine display, the 19-year-old's most accomplished in an Everton shirt, with a well-hit strike into the Gwladys Street net to get off the mark for the Club.

And Walcott, who has started four of Everton’s past five league games, insists Kean’s industrious display reflected what his teammates have consistently witnessed on the training pitch at USM Finch Farm.

“He is working really hard in training every day, we see some mad stuff he does with the ball and what he can do, the power he has,” said Walcott.

“What I liked against Newcastle was his workrate, winning the ball back, working hard for the team and being a solid unit up there along with Dom [Calvert-Lewin], who has been so reliable for us all season.

“I am pleased for Moise. He took the goal well and it will bring more and more confidence.

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01:53

HIGHLIGHTS: EVERTON 2-2 NEWCASTLE UNITED

Blues held despite efforts from Kean and Calvert-Lewin.


“He is a young kid – we just need to let them develop and enjoy their football and the best will come out.

“It will take time coming from Italy… he will be fine, he is working hard and has a good young team behind him."

Kean has two goals from three senior international appearances and in 13 Serie outings last term - five of them starts - was on target six times for champions Juventus.

The forward celebrated wildly after netting at Goodison Park and admitted he hoped it would be the first of many for Everton.

“The first goal is always the hardest and he has that out the way now," said Walcott.

“He is a very confident kid, he likes the ball at his feet and just enjoys playing football.

“He is only 19, to come to a foreign country and play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, is difficult.

“But he showed what Moise Kean is about [against Newcastle]. We see it in training and we’ve seen it in that game.”

Calvert-Lewin added to Kean’s first-half effort but Newcastle escaped from Goodison with a point following two stoppage-time goals.

Walcott conceded the visitors’ double strike was a painful blow but echoed the thoughts of manager Carlo Ancelotti who was encouraged by Everton’s progressive football for large parts of the match.

Ancelotti has claimed 11 points from his six matches in charge, winning three and drawing two, to ease Everton up a densely-packed Premier League table.

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02:27 Wed 22 Jan 2020

KEAN EXPLAINS GOAL MOTIVATION

Italian off mark for Everton.


The Blues are 12th but only four points separate Newcastle United in 14th from fifth-placed Manchester United.

“The manager reflected on how positive we were [in the Newcastle match] and said he enjoyed watching until their two goals,” continued Walcott.

“He said we should be proud of the performance, apart from the obvious.

“We have to move on quickly but learn from it.

“It was all there [the qualities Ancelotti wants from his team], that’s why it hurt even more. It felt like the way we played was perfect: the shape we were playing, the interchanges and movement, the passing was always forward.

“It was a good 93 minutes and one mad minute.

“Everyone was heartbroken, to be honest, because we played really well.

“We need to look at the positives and not focus on the disappointment… move on as a team, learn from that and hopefully it will bring the best from us.”

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