Michael Keane may have an uncertain future at Everton after falling down the pecking under Carlo Ancelotti. The 27-year-old has started just two of Everton’s last nine games in all competitions and racked up only 215 minutes of football since mid-December 2019.
Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina have been preferred at centre-back, so Keane might have to consider his options over the summer if his situation doesn’t change.
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The England international was dropped for Everton’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal (December 21), the same day Ancelotti was appointed manager. The Italian coach left Keane on the bench for his first game in charge – 1-0 win over Burnley (December 26).
Ancelotti started Keane in Everton’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United (December 28), benched him in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City (January 1, 2020) and brought the 27-year-old back for their 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion (January 11) – Keane impressed at the back that game too.
However, he was left out of the matchday squad in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with West Ham United and benched in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, before getting 17 minutes on the pitch in the 3-2 win over Watford (February 1).
Ancelotti has suggested training ground performances dictate his starting XI, but Keane must be wondering what his role in the squad is. Holgate and Mina aren’t being rotated at the back, so the 27-year-old may feel his days are numbered on Merseyside.