Graeme Souness has questioned Moise Kean’s attitude and compared him to former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Everton paid around £27.5million for the teenage frontman from Juventus during the transfer window.
The Italy international is yet to score for the Premier League club in five appearances in all competitions.
Souness raised questions as to why Serie A’s top clubs would sell such a bright young talent for that price.
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He said on Sky Sports ahead of the Toffees’ 3-2 win against Wolves: “If he’s 19, why have they [Juventus] sold him?
“Personally, there’s a slight alarm bell going off in my head.
“Juventus are arguably the biggest and wealthiest club in Italy.
“Given that they’ve got an older strike force and you’re selling a 19-year-old who won’t be hurting you wage wise.
“They’ve not got £100million plus for him, I think there will be other issues there. I don’t know.
“If they’ve not got that [buyback clause] then they’re happy to see him out the door.
“It seems as if Juventus are saying ‘we don’t care about how good he’s going to be, go on you can take him’.
“It’s a bit like [Emmanuel] Adebayor, at 25 just about to enter his best years. [Arsene] Wenger sold him to Manchester City.
“You were thinking that he’s not selling him because he’s not a good footballer, it’s because something is not quite right.”
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