The way Moise Kean closed out the European Under-19 Championships, it’s pretty hard to believe he wasn’t in Italy’s starting lineup at the very beginning of the tournament.
Kean went out and scored in Italy’s final group stage game against Norway.
Kean went out and scored in Italy’s semifinal win over France.
And although Italy didn’t win in Sunday’s final against Portugal, Kean went out and did this:
Moise Kean's 2 goals in 2 minutes. U-19 EURO FINAL: Italy - Portugal (2-2). pic.twitter.com/QnFLJhSQPd— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) July 29, 2018
Two goals in the span of one minute and 15 seconds. That is the definition of turning a game on its head as turning a game on its head can get. From 2-0 to 2-2 in just short of a snap of your fingers — and it proved to be just the start of a wild second half and extra time period.
And you can thank Kean for that.
Both of his finishes were perfect hit in terms of their placement. Same goes for his movement off the ball to create the space to have the room to receive the pass from his teammate before finishing off the goal itself. His goal against France was a combination of his pace to get behind the defense and then some finesse to chip it over the keeper.
Essentially, Moise made some noise. As if we’d come to expect anything less.
Kean went from option off the bench for Italy in their first game of the group stages to finishing with the second-most goals in the tournament. Those four goals came in the aforementioned three games after he went scoreless in his first start, which ironically came in Italy’s 3-2 group stage win over ... Portugal.
So it’s safe to say he made up for going scoreless in that game.
Now we get to wait and see where Moise plays his football next. He’s already spent a season out on loan in Serie A at Hellas Verona, something that not many teenagers get the chance to do — let alone somebody who played half the season at the age of 17 years old.