Marco Silva has called for comparisons between Moise Kean and old Everton star Romelu Lukaku to stop as the young striker settles in.
Everton pulled off, arguably, one of the biggest coups of the summer transfer window in signing Kean from Juventus for around €30m.
The 19-year-old attacker made headlines last season by taking centre-stage in the Juventus team following Cristiano Ronaldo’s muscular injury back in March. He ended up bagging seven goals in 17 matches, which naturally alerted clubs across Europe.
Despite reported interest from the likes of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, however, it was Everton who signed Kean.
The Italy international has since made two cameos in the Toffees’ opening Premier League games of the season. While he’s only managed a total of 39 minutes of football, though, fans have been left impressed.
This has even caused the Everton faithful to compare Kean to old star striker Lukaku. In a four-year spell at Goodison Park, the now-Inter Milan player scored an impressive 87 goals in 166 appearances.
But Silva warned against placing too many expectations on the young Kean’s shoulders.
“You have to be calm and don’t start making these comparisons,” said Silva, according to Goal.
“Moise Kean is Moise Kean and Lukaku is Lukaku. It doesn’t make sense to make these comparisons.
“We are happy he’s here with us and the boy is also happy to be in our football club. Now it’s up to him to keep working hard and do the things I expect from him and our fans expect from him.
“The comparisons are not fair on him. He’s 19 years old and it’s unfair to put this pressure on him.”
Although the Portuguese coach did hint that Kean might make his first Everton start at Aston Villa on Friday night. Apparently, the main reason for the Italian’s subdued role at the moment is down to his lack of pre-season training.
The Premier League match at Villa Park will begin at 21:00 (CET).