Michael Keane failed to make an impact during his time at Manchester United, but the defender was superb when he was at Burnley, and it did not come as a surprise when Everton signed him up in the summer transfer window.
Much was expected of the 24-year-old when he arrived at Goodison Park in the summer transfer window, but the England international defender has failed to make an impact at the Toffees.
Keane has been able to make only 11 starts in the Premier League so far this season and is not guaranteed a place in Sam Allardyce’s starting lineup.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has asked whether Keane found his level at Burnley.
Wilkins told BBC Sport about Keane: “I think it’s quite interesting when we talk about Michael Keane as well because Michael had a magnificent season there with Burnley before he left for Everton. It’s the same with the managers, I often talk, is ‘Do you find your level?’”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has backed Everton to win against Swansea City on Monday evening.
The Toffees will return to action in a few hours’ time when they take on Swansea at Goodison Park in the Premier League.
Owen wrote on Betvictor.com: “Swansea have scored as many Premier League goals this term as Wayne Rooney (9) and the former England striker has a cracking record against the Swans with three goals and four assists against the Welsh side in his last seven games.
“Everton have tightened up defensively since Sam Allardyce took over and they are likely to have too much at Goodison for a Swansea side who have had just 33 shots on target in their 17 PL games so far this term.”
A footnote added: “Tip: Everton to win at 8/11.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy has admitted his sympathy for Everton summer signing Sandro Ramirez and said about the 22-year-old Spanish forward on the Jim White show on talkSPORT on Monday afternoon (12:51pm, December 18, 2017): “He is quite young, and I think it’s a hard environment to apply yourself in when you have just come to the country.”
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