Paul Robinson has blasted the attitude of Everton striker Moise Kean after reportedly breaching club rules due to his poor timekeeping.
The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he has been gunning for the Italian hitman to get more game time but that disciplinary issues explain why he has been missing out under Marco Silva.
The Guardian claim that Kean was left out of the squad to take on Southampton due to him arriving late for a team meeting, the report stating it was not the first time the forward had fallen foul of the rules.
Robinson says that there is cause for concern at Goodison Park over the striker’s behaviour and says it explains why he has not been getting as much game time as the former shot-stopper would have liked.
Robinson told Football Insider: “There’s obviously enough disrespect and enough reason to leave him out the squad. I’ve questioned why he’s not been playing him, he’s a very good player, they’ve been struggling to score goals and they haven’t got a number nine who scores frequently.
“Now we know and the attitude towards a manager and your own teammates is first and foremost. Fair play to Marco Silva for taking that stance. He’s 19 and he’s come to a new country and a new club so there’s warning lights flashing straight away.
“An attitude problem, with all those things taken into consideration, it’s not acceptable. He should be busting his gut to get into the team, to prove himself, to score goals and to do what he’s been brought for.
“I’ve been one of his biggest advocates but his attitude and application off the pitch, as the manager feels isn’t right and isn’t good enough or doesn’t warrant a place in the team, which is fair enough.”
Kean, 19, is yet to find the back of the net since swapping Juventus for the Toffees over the summer, with a total of 11 Everton appearances under his belt so far.
He has battled it out with the likes of Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun for a starting role up front, the Turkish hitman chosen to lead the line against Southampton.