Date: 13th August 2019 at 12:04pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has revealed his bewilderment at Marco Silva leaving Moise Kean on the bench for Everton’s opening Premier League game against Crystal Palace.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and Tottenham striker says that as a striker, he wanted to be put in from the get-go in order to acclimatise as quickly as possible to the squad.

Kean was a big-money signing for Everton from Juventus, but was only handed a place on the bench against Palace as Dominic Calvert-Lewin was given a starting role in a 0-0 draw.

Bent admits he is not a fan of players taking their time to bed into a team and that he was surprised not one new signing started for the Toffees, most notably Kean.

Bent told Football Insider: “Looking at their starting XI, none of their new signings started. That surprised me – same back four, midfield and Calvert-Lewin up front.”

They’re making these statement signings and then they play the same team, I expected more. With Moise Kean, me being a striker, whenever I moved to a new club I needed to be playing from day one. If I started from day one, more chance of scoring and finding my feet.

“I’ve never really been a fan of these guys that get moved then they don’t start. You need every advantage.” 

While no new signings might have started, Kean was joined by Jean-Phillipe Gbamin in coming off the bench to make their debuts for the Toffees.

Everton’s next game sees them play host to Marco Silva’s former side Watford, the Hornets having just been thrashed 3-0 by Brighton in front of their own fans.

In other Everton news, Bent has told Football Insider that he is not the “biggest fan” of one of the Toffees’ new stars.