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Is Williams' poor form for Everton hindering Keane and Pickford?

Burnley's English defender James Tarkowski (C) vies with Everton's English defender Michael Keane during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison...

Ashley Williams has struggled for form this season for Everton and is that stopping Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford settling in?

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton looks dejected after the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Gylfi Sigurdsson looks dejected after the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley.

Everton lost their fourth Premier League match in seven outings at the weekend as Burnley beat Ronald Koeman's side 1-0 at Goodison Park.

This came on the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Apollon Limassol in the Europa League as Koeman is now under significant pressure at the Toffees.

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west...Everton manager Ronald Koeman gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match against Burnley.

As well as conceding five goals in two European matches this term, the Merseysiders have also let in 12 in the English top tier - with only West Ham United and Crystal Palace having conceded more.

Koeman brought back some sort of defensive stability last season after losing it under predecessor Roberto Martinez with only the top six letting in fewer goals, but there are already serious concerns at the back this time around.

This is made even more worrying because a whopping £55m was spent on goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (£25m, BBC) and Michael Keane (£30m, BBC) over the summer.

Burnley's English defender James Tarkowski (C) vies with Everton's English defender Michael Keane during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison...Burnley's James Tarkowski (C) vies with Everton defender Michael Keane during the English Premier League football match.

However, could a current player at the club actually be hindering the progress of the duo and how well they are settling in? Keane was quoted in the Daily Express saying: "I think the confidence of a few of the lads is pretty low but the only way you can come out of that is to keep working hard and do the right things."

This comes shortly after Koeman admitted to Sky Sports his side were "afraid" and "scared" following that result against Limassol.

Ashley Williams was directly at fault for one of those goals against the Cypriots and in general has looked poor this term and as a direct result has forced the defence deeper and deeper, yet has still played in all but one of the club's 14 games so far.

Perhaps having the Welshman alongside him is responsible for Keane struggling to find the form that saw him bought from Burnley in the first place and maybe Pickford is losing confidence by having the 33-year-old in front of him?

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