Fired-Up Kean Outlines Second-Season Target

Moise Kean is aiming to return for his second campaign with Everton ready to repay the faith invested in him by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Forward Kean has scored on his past two starts, his strike against Bournemouth on Sunday coming six months after the Italian found the net in a draw with Newcastle United.

The 20-year-old conceded his effort in Everton’s final game of 2019/20 this week counted for little in the grand scheme of things, Bournemouth responding to Kean’s equaliser with two further unanswered goals to win the game.

Kean's tap-in from Theo Walcott's cross was reward nonetheless for a promising individual display which gave a peek into the reasons Ancelotti is unequivocally backing the player for an important part in his Everton “evolution”.

Kean, making his 29th Premier League appearance but only his sixth start, was combative and direct in his position as a lone striker.

The former Juventus attacker's four shots and three key passes were joint-highest of anyone on the field and no one matched his three efforts on target.

“When we come back, I am going to be ready to show to the boss I am always ready to help my team and play well,” said Kean.

“Every day he asks me to do more and I try to show I can be in his team.

“He asks me to be focused and always give more and I try to repay him.”

Kean came off the bench six times following football’s restart in June and appeared in line for a meaningful role in his side's penultimate match, against Sheffield United, before a knock to his ankle scuppered that plan.

Everton won that game at Bramall Lane and Kean, who has two goals from three senior international appearances, shared his boss’s frustration over not finishing the campaign with successive victories – and at the low-key manner of a defeat to Bournemouth which put the skids under the Blues’ eight-month unbeaten Goodison Park run.

The extended campaign dictates that Everton’s players will be back training in quick time, with only seven weeks separating the end of 2019/20 and the new season beginning on 12 September.

“We have a short break to refresh the mind, then we must come back with more motivation,” continued Kean, who joined from Juventus 12 months ago.

“The end of the season wasn’t what we wanted but we are going to come back stronger and work hard.

“My goal was important at the time because it helped the team but it would have meant much more if we had achieved the victory.

“We had a lot of the ball but there were many things we could do better.

“We will learn and be focused and motivated for the new season.”