By Olly Allen

25th Nov, 2021 | 2:10pm

Could Moise Kean have been the answer to Everton's striker problems?

It is no secret that Everton have suffered from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence upfront this season.

The England international scored in each of the first three league games of the season, but has not featured since the end of August due to a quadriceps injury.

Without him, Rafa Benitez has turned to Richarlison, who has netted just two goals in eight appearances, but the Brazilian is suspended for Sunday’s trip to Brentford.

Therefore it is likely to fall on Salomon Rondon to lead the line in West London, but the 32-year-old is yet to score in a Toffees shirt.

It raises the question – could Everton have done with Moise Kean this season?

The Italian made a late substitute appearance against Leeds in August before joining Juventus on loan on deadline day, having spent last season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain.

He scored 17 goals in 42 appearances during his spell in France, showing the threat he can provide, and at 21 years old he still has room to develop; there is undoubted potential there and Transfermarkt currently value him at £31.5m.

Kean has not featured that heavily for Juventus this season, but has scored twice in three Serie A starts.

However, the reality is that Kean was never the right fit for Everton and Everton was never the right fit for Kean.

The striker was only 19 when he arrived at Goodison Park and understandably struggled to adapt to  a new country and a new league.

He did not seem to suit the system either Marco Silva or Carlo Ancelotti wanted to play and recorded just four goals in 37 appearances before joining PSG on loan.

In the summer Kean made it clear that he wanted to leave Goodison Park and he is likely to depart permanently next year.

A lack of striking options behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin was always going to be a worry for Rafa Benitez, but it is unlikely that Kean would have allayed those fears.

In other Everton news, an exit could be on the cards for one Toffees star.

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