Michael Brown believes Everton may want to send Moise Kean on loan after Carlo Ancelotti revealed his plans for the young striker.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder believes the 20-year-old will be struggling to reach full fitness to play without regular game time.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Ancelotti confirmed that the plan was to get the young striker more minutes this season and that he would discuss a loan if the player asked for one.
The Italian hitman has played 37 times for the Toffees since his move from Juventus, but only nine of those appearances have come among the starting XI.
Brown believes that Kean has got a fierce fight on his hands to force his way into the reckoning at Goodison Park and that Ancelotti would prefer the send him on loan to boost his development.
Asked if he thought Kean could lift his game from last season, Brown told Football Insider: “I think it depends on the character of the player as well, does he feel like he wants to take that challenge, be in top shape?
“I don’t really feel like he’s been in ultimate condition because he’s not played. A bit of the player, a bit of the club why he’s not getting those minutes.
“What he’s said is if he wants to go out on loan, which means to me they would take the loan option if that’s the case.”
Ancelotti told the Liverpool Echo: “It doesn’t matter in our point of view how many games he is going to play, what’s important is the fact he is really young and we need to give him minutes.
“If Moise has a desire to go on loan we can talk about this. I explained to him the plan for his future but nothing different.”