HAVE ITALY UNEARTHED THEIR NEXT SUPERSTAR?

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Italian football has given rise to some of the game’s best strikers. From Ballon d’Or winner Roberto Baggio to Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero; the Azzurri have had a knack of producing elite strikers. It seems that Italy has found another in Moise Kean.

The Azzurri faced huge humiliation when they did not reach the 2018 World Cup, but this failure has caused a vast amount of changes within the national team. Manager Roberto Mancini has turned to youth in a bid to rejuvenate Italy’s squad and they have found a striker that can reach the top of the game.

the record breaker

Moise Kean, 19, is an exciting prospect that has shown he has an immense amount of talent. Kean has already broken a few records during his fledgeling career.

Kean was the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance in one of Europe’s five major leagues and he is the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in one of Europe’s five major leagues. Also, he was the first player born in the 2000s to play in the UEFA Champions League. Already, Kean has created history.

Kean’s Career so Far

After spells within Asti and Torino’s youth systems, Kean was signed by Juventus. This angered many at Torino as they lamented seeing such a talent move to their cross-city rivals. Kean made his debut against Pescara as an 84th-minute substitute and scored his first goal in an away victory against Bologna. He then spent the 2017-2018 season on loan at Hellas Verona where he scored 4 goals in 20 appearances.

This season has proven to be a difficult one for Kean as he has had limited opportunities at Juventus. With the likes of Ronaldo, Dybala and Mandžukić at the club, Kean has found it difficult to break into the starting eleven. However, with Juventus seeming to prioritize the Champions League above all other competitions, Kean is starting to get some playing time. Prior to Juventus’ 3-0 victory against Atlético Madrid, Kean was given the opportunity to play against Udinese. A chance that he took with both hands.

Kean put on a display that caused many in the world of soccer to take notice. The youngster was a handful all game. He terrorized the defenders and frightened them with his blistering pace. The powerful striker scored two goals in the game and even won his side a penalty. His first goal came from an excellent cross by Sandro and Kean, who made a lung-busting run into the 6-yard box, smashed the ball into the top corner.

Kean’s second goal was a product of his own hard work as he pressed the defender and dispossessed him. Now Kean had space in front of him to demonstrate his raw pace. Nobody could catch him. In the blink of an eye, he was in Udinese’s box. Kean showed extreme composure by scoring with the outside of his right foot and beating the keeper at his near post.

The penalty that he won mimicked his goal as he was tenacious in his pressing. He forced the defender into a mistake which, ultimately, caused the defender to lose control of the ball. The defender then made a rash challenge and brought Kean him down for a penalty.

The young striker also put on a show whilst playing for Italy against Finland. His dribbling style was so direct that it put the Finnish defense under real pressure. Kean displayed real intelligence in the move leading up to his goal as he made an incisive run, cutting in from the right-hand side, which enabled him to exploit the space that had appeared between Finland’s left-back and centre-back. The youngster demonstrated his clinical finishing as he took his chance without hesitation.

Playing style

Kean’s playing style is perfectly suited for the modern game. His has electrifying pace, is extremely athletic and has all the technical abilities that one expect from an elite player. Watching Moise Kean has been a real treat this season and he reminds me of a young Didier Drogba.

Kean is still growing and his physique will continue to change, but he has the ability to shrug defenders off the ball with ease. He really reminds me of Lukaku, especially when he was at Anderlecht and Everton, but Kean is far superior with the ball at his feet. His passing is crisp and his first touch is faultless. When coupling this alongside with his raw pace, his tenacious defensive pressing and his attacking instinct; it is clear that the Azzurri have a real gem on their hands.

Looking Forward

Kean is well positioned to become a regular squad member at Juventus. With Juventus prioritizing the Champions League, and with Allegri rotating his line-ups, one would expect that Keane will get even more playing time. As with all young players, Kean must continue to be patient and his opportunities will come. The young striker is well positioned to become Juventus’ future number 9 as Ronaldo and Mandzukic are both approaching the twilight of their careers. Kean has been identified as the perfect replacement for these ageing attackers and I expect him to become a key part of Juventus’ side moving forward.

The youngster also has the chance to become a central component of Italy’s national team. The Azzurri have started introducing more youngsters into their side and Kean is one of the players that has been tipped to have a big future for the national team. Within recent years, Italy has produced exciting attacking talents which have not lived up to the hype that surrounded them. The hope is that Moise Kean will buck this trend by becoming an elite player that can help Italy return to the summit of world soccer.

Kean has all the talent need to become an elite player and I look forward to seeing how he develops in the next few years. Mark my words, Moise Kean is the next big thing to come out of Italian soccer.

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