You could say that Juventus striker Moise Kean’s (£2.22) debut performance for Italy last Saturday was somewhat miraculous. Roberto Mancini had selected the youngster to start up-front for the Euro 2020 qualifier versus Finland following a superb performance for Juventus in his maiden start for the Bianconeri this season on March 8th.
That day saw the agile player score a brace in a 4-1 win versus Udinese, a success that was followed up by a goal in those famous Azzurri shirts. In doing so, the 19-year-old, born in 2000, became the second-youngest ever to score for Italy, and the first player born in the new millennium to find the back of the net.
His mother Isabelle – who moved to Vercelli from the Ivory Coast in 1990 – agreed that her son was a miracle, but for more reasons than his stunning Italy debut. The former night-shift worker named her son Moise, (the Italian translation of Moses) after his conception stunned doctors, who had told her she was unable to have more children.
“One day, he called me at 5:30 in the evening,” Isabelle explained to Tuttosport. “I was going to work in Nizza Monferrato. I got scared, I thought something had happened to him. Instead he says to me, ‘Mum, there’s a surprise for you.’ I replied, ‘don’t tell me you didn’t sign for Juve.’
“He said ‘no Mum, I’ve signed. You don’t have to work anymore and you can live with me in Turin.’ Moise’s success has repaid all the sacrifices I made in the past.”
Such an incredible performance in his debut match for Italy looks set to have earned him another place in the starting XI versus Liechtenstein, and an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo (£2.70) whilst on international duty with Portugal may well mean he features for Juve once domestic action returns at the weekend.
Moise Kean has made 6 appearances for Club and Country 🇮🇹 this season and scored 4 times. #TheFuture
Goals per 90 – 1.35 pic.twitter.com/03fVXjZLCW
— Neil Macdonald (@NeilMac555) March 24, 2019
With pace, agility and skill on the ball, Kean possesses all the tools required to beat defenders and can finish off chances with apparent ease. Of course, limited playing time at Juve may eventually lead to a move elsewhere, but at the moment the youngster seems ready to be patient in order to eventually command a more regular place in the Bianconeri XI.
“I hope he can handle all the pressure on him right now,” Italy and Juve team-mate Leonardo Bonucci (£0.26) told an Azzurri press conference this week. “He was right to stay with us at Juventus. He talked to Giorgio [Chiellini] and I talked to him too. When you train with Ronaldo, Dybala (£2.69) and Douglas Costa (£0.59), you can only learn and grow.
“I’m glad he listened to my advice and now he’s making great strides. Now he must take the pressure off himself and keep doing well.”
At the moment, at least, Kean seems to be simply enjoying his football and playing with a carefree style. There may be some difficult decisions to make in his future, but for now he will continue to develop and shine for both club and country.