Way before the ball has found the back of the net this Premier League season, a few star players were already firmed as favourites for the Golden Boot prize.
Just as you’re thinking, of course, the usual suspects are the trio of Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane.
Last season the Golden Boot was split three ways between the Africans, with the trio all netting 22 times each.
They look set to continue that trend but potentially face a threat from a teenager.
That man is Everton’s Moise Kean.
Earlier this month, Everton signed Moise Kean from Juventus for a reported £25 million fee.
At just 19, fans may wonder whether this is money well spent, considering the little experience the Italian international has on the big stage.
However, Kean has both the talent, as seen by his consistent performances last season, as well as the experience – he has been playing in Serie A for two years.
Big things were expected of this sprightly, fresh youngster.
Even on his debut for Juventus, in 2016, a cameo of no more than ten minutes – he impressed.
Thanks to that appearance, Kean became the club’s youngest-ever debutant and the first player born in the 2000s to compete in one of Europe’s major five leagues.
Kean went on to become the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in Europe’s major five leagues.
However, it was last season where Kean really came to the fore.
In Serie A he made 13 appearances and scored six goals and made one assist but that does not tell the full story.
In most games, he was substituted on as an impact sub and the six goals that he scored came in just 533 minutes, a phenomenal record of one every 89 minutes.
Moise Kean had the best minutes-per-goal ratio of any player during the 2018-19 Serie A season:
• 536 minutes
• 6 goals scored
• 2 match-winners
Everton will be hoping for one every 89 minutes as well. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/O1qdwSbUA8
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 4, 2019
Statistically speaking, Kean looks to be the clinical marksman that Everton have been crying out for since the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
Although he is still only 19, Kean is 6’0 and possesses a broad frame, allowing him to shrug off defenders and hold the ball up for onrushing teammates.
Kean offers Everton a genuine goal threat; last season he had a high volume of shots per 90 (3.1), with most of these coming inside the box, he possesses the typical traits of a proficient poacher.
Another notable attribute is Kean’s handy dribbling ability.
He completed 1.39 dribbles per 90 last season, which allows him to get in behind defences by his own accord.
If Kean is able to maximise this dribbling ability and consistently finish, then he will become an extremely valuable asset to Everton’s attacking set-up.
Furthermore, Everton also possess the players that can unlock Kean’s attacking potential.
In Sigurdsson, they have one of the best attacking midfielders in the league, who has the intelligence to immediately understand the typical traits of his strikers.
Whilst Richarlison and Bernard’s pace and trickery should both create direct chances for Kean and draw defenders away from the striker.
Ultimately, Kean should be able to flourish in the Premier League.
The big boys Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Aubameyang still remain clear favourites for the golden boot prize but should they forget their scoring boots from last season, a young Moise Kean lies in wait.
The young star has a bright future ahead and can only deliver one thing this season – goals and lots of them.
**all stats taken from whoscored.com**