Darren Bent admits he was “delighted” to see Everton striker Moise Kean net his first goal for the club against Newcastle United.
The former Aston Villa and England forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Italian international has had a difficult start to life at Goodison Park and that Tuesday night was a big milestone.
Kean, who had played 21 times without a goal, managed to latch onto Bernard’s chipped pass and fire past Martin Dubravka from close range to break his duck, the game finishing 2-2.
Bent says that he was overjoyed to see the teenage talent finally find the back of the net and hopes to see more goals coming his way in the near future.
“When he scored that goal I felt like I’d scored it with him,” Bent told Football Insider.
“The passion that came out of that celebration – listen, it still was not the greatest of finishes, I’m sure Dubravka will be disappointed, it squirmed under him – I’m delighted for him.
“He’s had to deal with a lot; first coming to a new country, not playing in his right position a lot, having to play second fiddle to Calvert-Lewin, struggled a little bit of form, the embarrassing situation at Old Trafford.
“He’s had a lot to deal with but fair play to him, he didn’t let his head drop, still running around and working hard. Hopefully, it’s the first of many, we know the ability’s in there.”
Kean netted eight goals in 21 games during his time with Juventus’ first team, his performances earning him three caps for Italy.
He has two strikes for his country, scoring against both Finland and Liechtenstein in the European qualifiers.
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