Michael Keane will be the first person to admit that his performances for Everton last season were not good enough following his move from Burnley.
This campaign, however, Keane’s form has drastically improved with the 26-year-old managing to get himself back into the England equation, as a result.
The Everton central defender, who is valued at £22.5 million (by Transfermarkt), was the man to grab England’s equaliser in the Three Lions’ 5-1 win over Montenegro last night, and has since come in for some high praise.
“Michael Keane would not have been happy with Montenegro’s goal — failing to make an adequate clearance and letting the ball go through him too easily — but what a response from the defender,” former England defender Martin Keown wrote in a Daily Mail column.
“He showed real character to take ownership at that set-piece and equalise with a thumping header.”
This term, the sort of character Keown is referring to is something Everton supporters have seen throughout the campaign from Keane.
Not only has the former Burnley man managed to bounce back from a disappointing year but, when there have been setbacks this time round, he has managed to recover.
Alongside Kurt Zouma at the heart of Everton’s defence, Keane is keeping out Yerry Mina, a signing the Toffees invested a lot of money in and expected much from, putting into perspective the form Keane has been in.
There are still quite a few deficiencies Keane needs to iron out of his game, but the signs are looking promising for both Everton and England.
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