With long-standing defensive concerns at Everton, former Burnley defender Michael Keane has split the fanbase following his performances since his arrival.
He’s by no means the only culprit in the centre-half position but it’s not unfair to say he did struggle for consistency last season and although we did see some improvement in 2018/19, plenty wondered whether his head injury the other month would see him stall again.
Having come back slightly earlier than most probably expected him to, Keane has kicked on further and more than played his part in helping Everton to register a clean sheet in the recent victory over Fulham, and a number of fans were quick to praise his efforts alongside Kurt Zouma last weekend.
???? | Keep it up, @michaelkeane04!
— Everton (@Everton) September 30, 2018
Fans on social media were pretty pleased with that quote and they certainly agreed with the sentiment that he was now far more consistently at his best for the club.
Normally takes most players half a season to a season to really gel and start playing well within a squad after being brought in. Glad to see him doing well after most wanted him gone in the Summer.
— Jordan Gifkins (@JGifkins) September 30, 2018
Been class 2 games Michael keep it going
— Chris addison (@LordPickford) September 30, 2018
Can’t argue there been solid
— ????LEE W efc???? (@leew456) September 30, 2018
— Shaun Davies (@ShaunChiefEFC) September 30, 2018
yeah though he was class against arsenal and only got sent the chippy once by sessegnon on sat stay on your feet big man lesson learnt keep it goin
— Paul Jeffers (@PaulJeffers4) October 1, 2018
he is right, think him and Mina could be immense!
— Michael Ian (@planty2403) September 30, 2018
Really solid performance yesterday – well played
— Steven Roche (@StevenRoche2) September 30, 2018
He’s not the first player to need some time to bed in and settle at a new club, but it does feel like he’s turned the corner now, but given what we saw from him at Burnley he’s not yet at his peak in my mind. He’s heading in the right direction now and he should be full of confidence so reaching another gear in the games to come should be only a matter of time.