The Burnley defender who deserves the praise Keane receives

Ben Mee celebrates after scoring the third goal for  Burnley

Michael Keane tends to receive a lot of the plaudits at Burnley, but there is another defender who deserves just as much recognition.

Burnley's strong start to the Premier League season has been well documented, and a lot of that can be attributed to how solid they have been at the back.

When called upon, the Clarets have been able to grind out solid victories by wearing teams down and slowly moving their way forward. It's a testament to manager Sean Dyche that things are going so well, but we also need to praise the defenders.

In particular, let us look at Ben Mee. While Michael Keane has received a great deal of praise and recognition for his performances, the 27-year-old Mee has also put in a solid shift as we head into the second half of the campaign.

Burnley's Michael Keane

The former Manchester City man has been at Turf Moor since 2012, and you can sense his loyalty with the club growing with each passing game.

The Lancashire based side gave him a chance that nobody else would, and he is repaying that with consistently strong outings in the top flight.

Hull City's Abel Hernandez in action with Burnley's Ben Mee

As someone who is a master when it comes to aerial duels and straight up throwing his body in front of the ball to block it, Mee represents the gritty kind of defender that a promoted side like Burnley need.

They have been able to implement different styles from their Championship success into the Premier League and for the most part, it is working well and Mee is a big part of that.

When it comes to statistics, the Manchester-born defender finds himself in fourth, third and fourth respectively for blocks, clearances and headed clearances so far this season.

While defensive partner Keane features in two of the three, Mee's consistent ability to just get the job done and "get rid" so to speak is criminally underrated in the modern game.

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