Date: 21st November 2019 at 6:40pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

Mason Holgate has been in fine form for Everton and could keep his place alongside Yerry Mina against Norwich City on Saturday – this likely means Marco Silva will leave Michael Keane on the bench for the third consecutive game.

The 26-year-old has been inconsistent this season and finds himself third in the centre-back pecking order as a result. Keane has picked up just one minute of Premier League football in November and will have to be patient for opportunities.

Is Marco Silva right to drop Michael Keane?

Yes

Yes

No

No

As per WhoScored, the England international has made 11 league appearances, racking up 901 minutes of playing time. Keane has won 51 aerial duels (56%), completed 81.3% of 49.1 passes-per-game, blocked six shots, made 37 clearances and averaged a tackle (11) or interception (19) every 30 minutes.

Only Aston Villa (20), West Ham United (20), Watford (23), Norwich City (28) and Southampton (29) have conceded more goals than Everton (18) this season.

But with Holgate and Mina impressing as Everton drew 1-1 with Tottenham (November 3) and beat Southampton 2-1 (November 9), Silva may trust in his defensive pair to shut out Norwich at Keane’s expense.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article