Everton have been given a boost in central defence with manager Marco Silva confirming in his pre-match press confrence that Kurt Zouma is available for tomorrow’s game against Southampton.
With Phil Jagielka suspended following his red card against Wolves in the Toffees’ 2-2 draw at Molineux last week, Zouma’s availability is good news for Silva.
However, while Zouma may make his Goodison Park debut, Silva has told reporters Yerry Mina is definitely out of contention for tomorrow’s match.
As a result, the Portuguese boss is likely to keep Michael Keane in his starting XI, and the 25-year-old has to put in a solid performance.
Despite only arriving in Merseyside last summer, £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Keane is fighting for his Everton future.
Keane arrived at Everton from Burnley for big money back in July 2017, but he has been a big disappointment.
The season prior to joining Everton, Keane made a name for himself playing at the heart of Sean Dyche’s sturdy defence at Burnley.
The Manchester United youth product, though, was not able to transfer the displays he put in at Turf Moor over to Goodison Park and now finds his starting XI spot at risk.
Zouma and Mina are expected to form Everton’s central defensive partnership, which would condemn Keane to a substitute role.
However, with Mina currently unavailable for selection, Keane has the chance to show Silva he is still worthy of a starting berth.
But the England international has to do better than he did in the Wolves match and the majority of his games in an Everton shirt.