Juventus look to have a serious talent on their books in Moise Kean, who churned in a Man of the Match performance in the 4-1 rout of Udinese last night.
Kean, the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance in one of Europe’s five major leagues and also the first to do so in the Champions League, was afforded a start at the Allianz Stadium by Max Allegri after he elected to rest some of his big guns ahead of the crunch round of 16 second leg clash with Atletico Madrid.
But in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, Kean led the line superbly and demonstrated just why he is one of the most exciting wonderkids in world football.
The Italian bagged a first-half brace and won a penalty in a hugely impressive display as the Bianconeri went 19 points clear at the top.
His first was a poacher’s goal thanks to some clever movement in the box to get on the end of Alex Sandro’s cross, while his second came as a result of him pressing high up the pitch.
Kean nipped in to regain possession, darted into the box and then had the composure to smartly beat Juan Mosso at his near post with an outside of the boot finish.
It was the 19-year old’s first start of the season and he made the most of his opportunity with a complete striker’s display.
His hold-up play and ability to bring others into play was brilliant and he caused all sorts of problems throughout for the Udinese backline. Plus, as his highlights show, he even brought a bit of showboating to the party and we can all get on board with that.
Kean now has three goals in just 99 minutes of action this season but Allegri still feels he’s got more to offer.
Speaking to the official Juventus website, he said: “He is very good at attacking, but he must improve his movement to dictate the passages of play. But he is young and will grow.”