750 minutes of football.
750 minutes of frustration.
By the time Moise Kean slotted home for Everton thirty minutes into the Blues match against Newcastle at Goodison the young Italian striker had played over 7 hours of football and had yet to make the impact his body language and work rate showed he so desperately craved.
However, when Kean nutmegged his marker while sliding the ball neatly under Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka and into the back of the net, the striker got the goal he so richly deserved after a solid first half hour of the match that saw Kean put teammates in on goal as well as test Dubravka from distance before he finally found his goal.
It took Kean 22 matches in Blue, most coming as a substitute, before he found the net but his lack of goals was as much due to circumstance than it was his own lack of finishing. His expected goals number of 2.08 told us he deserved his first goal well before today, and his xG+xA (expected goals contribution) of 0.67 per 90 minutes played leads the entire Everton squad. For reference, Dominic-Calvert Lewin also scored only one goal in his first 700 minutes before breaking out this season.
Born this millenium, Kean started his career with Juventus in 2016 winning the domestic double, before going on loan to Verona the next season, and winning another Serie A title in 2019 with Juventus. The youngster joined the Blues this summer on a four-year deal but failed to win over Marco Silva but under Carlo Ancelotti has another chance to blossom now that the monkey is off his back.