Ancelotti compares £25m Everton star to Parma legend, urges ‘calm’

Will Ford

New Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has called for “calm” around Moise Kean because the new manager insists expectations of the teenager are sky-high.

Ancelotti tried to sign the teenage striker last season for Napoli and sees huge potential in the Italian forward, but has urged the fans to be patient as he adapts to a new league and country.

Kean has made just two league starts this season after sealing a £25m summer move from Juventus but Ancelotti, who helped launch the careers of players such as Hernan Crespo at Parma, has told the forward that it “takes time”.

“I met him after the game, to say hello, but after that I haven’t spoken to him but I am going to,” Ancelotti told the Liverpool Echo.

“The expectation on him is really high but he is 19-years-old, we have to be a little bit calm and patient with him.

“He has the quality to become a Premier League striker but, like I said, it takes time because he is 19-years-old, he is in a new country, with new team-mates and a new manager so we have to stay on him, work with him, try to improve him and also he has to be patient.

“It doesn’t matter if you play or don’t play, try to use this period to improve yourself every single day.”

Ancelotti managed Italian side Parma between 1996-98 and nurtured Crespo and Fabio Cannavaro, among others.

“In Parma, it was the same in that I had a lot of young players who became fantastic players,” he said.

“Thuram, Crespo, Cannavaro….pfft. I think the quality of the young players here is really good.

“I don’t want to forget anybody but you look at Holgate, Kean, Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies…in my opinion they can become fantastic players.”