Former England international Paul Robinson has shared a worrying claim on Everton’s Michael Keane, by suggesting that the defender is prone to making rash decisions when low on confidence.
Keane has been a mainstay of our defence this season, with former boss Marco Silva naming the £27million-rated centre-half in the starting line-up for 12 of his 15 Premier League games in charge, and interim manager Duncan Ferguson maintaining with the 26-year-old against Chelsea last Saturday.
Silva axed Keane at home to Tottenham Hotspur at the start of November after a run of one win in six, and only returned to his services against Leicester when the Portuguese rolled the dice to experiment with a five-man defence.
Robinson feels the chop-and-change nature of the last month played a part in Keane’s recent downfall, but is confident he can be a catalyst for a brighter future once things are settled at Goodison Park.
“Knowing Michael like I do, after playing with him at Blackburn and Burnley, he is an absolute genuine human being and he’s a lovely lad,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“So it would have got to him, not playing well and being left out by club and country. Confidence wise, he is a confidence player.
“He has got all the ability in the world, he’s comfortable on the ball, strong in the air but sometimes he just makes rash decisions.
“I think not having a settled back-four and leaking goals hasn’t helped him. But as soon as this team keeps playing well, he’ll be a catalyst to that.”
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Robinson’s claim of Keane being prone to errors when down on confidence is rather worrying, as the 10-cap England centre-half’s earlier performances this term showed that his levels had dropped well before Silva began to tamper with his first-choice backline.
Keane should be the player bringing the confidence to the backline, but instead failed to deal with AFC Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson when we lost at the Vitality Stadium, and was not at the top of his game the week after when we lost at home to promoted Sheffield United.
Mason Holgate later outshone the Manchester-born defender against Brighton & Hove Albion, too, when Keane was pulled apart for the Seagull’s winner and righty lost his place in the side the following week at Spurs.
Keane is simply now back in favour at Goodison Park through injuries and Silva’s bid to make a change, rather than performances, after Yerry Mina was forced to sit out the Chelsea win at the weekend.
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