The fact that Moise Kean hasn’t already made his first Juventus appearance might be a surprise to some. He’s been called up for a handful of Juventus’ fixtures the last four weeks or so. But up until this point, Juve manager Max Allegri has resisted the possible temptation of throwing on the 16-year-old striker who has stormed through the club’s youth system the past two years.
Could all of this be about to change?
According to a host of outlets over the past 24 hours, that will exactly be the case. Kean, who has been awaiting his chance to see the field and make his first senior squad appearance, is being tipped to make his first-ever start for Juventus alongside Mario Mandzukic in this weekend’s return from the international break against Pescara on Saturday night at Juventus Stadium.
Sami Khedira could be rested in the game vs Pescara. Kean is expected to start with Mandzukic. [Il Messaggero]— Khaledalnouss (@khaledalnouss1) November 17, 2016
Dare we say...it’s time to...#MakeSomeMoise?
If this truly ends up being the day that Kean gets his debut, it would be in a situation that makes a bunch of sense. And I’m not just saying that because I am amongst those folks that wants to see young Moise actually step onto the field and get some playing time in the very near future.
One of the biggest reasons is because one of Juve’s strikers who is actually healthy right now, Gonzalo Higuain, will be returning to Turin on Thursday after being on international duty with Argentina. As we have come to know, Allegri is one to sometimes rest some of his better players in the first game back from the international break when they have to travel long distances to and then back into Turin. That’s exactly what Higuain — as well as Dani Alves — will have to do and are probably doing as this post goes live. And as we know, there’s a relatively important game a couple of days after Pescara’s trip to Juventus Stadium that I’m pretty sure Allegri will want Higuain to be rested up for.
Is that what allows Kean to get his chance to be on the field with the first team for the very first time? Hey, whatever gives the kid a shot, right?
So now we wait to see whether this actually has some truth to it.