Going into this season, central defence was a huge concern for Everton manager Marco Silva.
As a result, the Portuguese coach brought in Yerry Mina for big money from Barcelona and Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea with the latter managing to impress during his time at Goodison Park so far.
Mina, on the other hand, has only recently come into the frame following a foot injury, resulting in Silva partnering Michael Keane alongside Zouma at the heart of the Everton defence for most of this term.
£19.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Keane has largely struggled during his time at the Toffees following his transfer from Burnley last summer, but his performances have picked up since Silva was installed in the Goodison Park dugout.
And with a tough trip to Stamford Bridge to face Maurizio Sarri’s in-form Chelsea side awaiting, the 25-year-old will have to maintain the current level he is playing at or else it could be a long day for Silva’s men.
Have a look at what Everton supporters are saying on Keane’s start to the season below…
let it be known that i always had faith in him and always had his back, even among the dissenting voices. the little hottie.
— Ellie (@ellieq) November 5, 2018
Finally looks like the player I hoped we had signed
— Paul 1878EFC (@paulm1979efc) 5 November 2018
Amazing what happens when Ashley Williams gets bin bagged
— scott thompson (@Thompsoncat88) November 5, 2018
Lost confidence and form next to Williams but is finally emerging as the future leader I’d hoped he become.
— Steve Claringbold (@SteveNaive1980) November 5, 2018
Keane has been excellent, but football is one game where these type of statistics really mean nothing in isolation.
Percentages mean a bit more but what impact do they have on the player?
How many times do players take the easy option on passes to improve their completion rate?
— Brendan Connolly (@BlueBren) November 5, 2018
Our top 5 this season imo. Feel free to add/change.
— Pierre (@RSA_EFC) November 4, 2018
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The ability to write a players career off after a bad few weeks/months is a special power Evertonians seem to have. Great to see Michael Keane absolute bossing it at CB this season. No surprise now he's in his correct position on the right had side. Been superb.
— Blue cladding (@EFC26PJ) November 4, 2018