Date: 15th February 2018 at 5:14pm
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Everton first team coach Craig Shakespeare has said that he feels Michael Keane is now starting to show his full potential having settled into life at the club.

Having joined from Burnley over the summer, Shakespeare knows him well having worked with him at Leicester City when he enjoyed a loan spell with the Foxes back in 2012/13 whilst he was still on Manchester United’s books.

Speaking to the Official Site with Keane now having 26 starting appearances to his name, with a further showing from the bench, despite injury holding him back for a period, Shakespeare felt he was now coming into his own.

‘Michael came to us at Leicester from Manchester United with a lot of potential but without the experience at that level, which we were able to give him. Coming from Under-18 and Under-21 to Championship football, he found it more rough and ready, and more direct. I think it was great experience for him, and he will tell you that. In terms of his progression, he has had England recognition, he has had to deal with a big transfer fee, now he is starting to settle down and show what he is really capable of.’

With Eliaquim Mangala having arrived on deadline day from Manchester City, competition is fierce in the heart of defence with Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Mason Holgate and Ramiro Funes Mori all to consider for Sam Allardyce, but Shakespeare knows that should push them all to greater form.

‘I think competition for places is healthy and all players need that. Michael is one of those. It is our job as coaches to say, ‘they have come in, it is up to you how you deal with it`. As coaches, and a manager, you want to try to build a squad, and it is up to players then to try to get into that first XI.’

With Everton hoping to look forward in the remainder of the season following the improvement so far under Allardyce, despite the odd hiccup, Shakespeare said he was enjoying his time at Goodison Park and feels there are brighter days ahead.

‘I knew that before I came and being in here has just further confirmed that. The owner, chairman, manager and fans – everybody is ambitious. You get that feeling walking around, not only the training ground, but the buzz about the stadium as well.’

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