Kean given chance to complete unfinished Italy work with Fiorentina transfer

With offensive-minded Raffaele Palladino hired by Fiorentina, Wayne Girard writes that the coach made a...


New Fiorentina boss Raffaele Palladino identifying Moise Kean as a primary target must have come as a surprise to many Viola fans. After all, the striker will now be playing for the fifth team of his career while still being just 24. A few short years ago, it felt that he could have been a striker Italy relied upon, alongside his buddy Nicolò Zaniolo, who has gone on a similar merry-go-round.

Although still younger, as previously mentioned, Fiorentina very much feels like a last-chance saloon for Kean to prove himself at the top level and give one last sign that he can be part of a hopeful Azzurri resurgence. At club level, there’s a wish that he can finally be the solution following the Dusan Vlahovic fallout. While Kean played just rotational minutes for this past season, this was contrasted by Luciano Spalletti’s keen interest in the Azzurri setup.

Kean’s eventual omission from the national team is a point worth reflecting on, given Italy’s forwards’ dismal showing in Euro 2024. When Kean failed to make one of the cuts for European qualifiers in September 2023, Spalletti focused on the characteristics necessary for his team: “The centre-forward? There are centre-forwards in Italy, and there are players who are capable of wearing this shirt. I didn’t call Kean (and Scamacca) for the playing time, I called three others and I’ll go and meet them.

“Then it is clear that the physical one has very specific characteristics, but perhaps Raspadori is better at p.