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Everton embarked on another recruitment drive this summer but it has not had the desired effect yet with the Toffees currently in the bottom three.

Moise Kean was arguably the most exciting of the new arrivals, brought in to belatedly replace the goals and talismanic presence of Romelu Lukaku up front. But how is he getting on? The second international break of the season provides an ideal time to take a closer look…

The Guardian reported at the time that Everton had paid an initial £29 million for Kean, with Marco Silva admitting that a striker had been a priority this summer.

They also said that a compromise was reached over a buy back clause with Juventus. One was reportedly not inserted into Kean’s Everton contract, but the Italian giants will be informed of any bids for him and given the chance to match it.

That Juventus were concerned about completely losing a player of Kean’s talents might have encouraged Everton fans that they were getting a special young striker.

The way Kean’s transfer dragged on – mainly because of the wrangling over a buy back clause – deprived him of a proper pre-season with his new team-mates.

That has seen Marco Silva introduce him incrementally, rather than throwing him straight in at the deep end. The result has been no Premier League goals so far, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin playing and scoring more than many might have expected.

He’s got just the two top flight starts to his name so far, and compared to Sebastien Haller, West Ham’s big-money striking gamble this summer, he has not exactly hit the ground running.

That said, Kean’s early cameos created genuine excitement around Goodison Park. Could he be described as a hit yet? No. Should Everton expect more from the £53,000-a-week (Spotrac) hitman? Probably, but his age, adapting to a new league and struggling team mates are all mitigating factors.

He certainly has the attributes to challenge Calvert-Lewin for the starting berth, and a first Premier League goal would get a weight off his shoulders, as well as providing a boost to Marco Silva.