Everton defender Michael Keane insists that there is still plenty more to come from him and believes that he will keep improving.
The England international moved to Goodison Park for £30million (BBC) from Burnley back in 2017 and had a difficult start on Merseyside with some inconsistent form.
But the 26-year-old has definitely made rapid improvements under current manager Marco Silva and turned into a key player.
Keane has played every minute of the opening four league games so far this season, as well as the Carabao Cup victory over Lincoln City.
The centre-back is an ever-present in the Toffees backline that performed well next to loanee Kurt Zouma last season and is now excelling alongside Yerry Mina as his new partner.
He is a defender that reads the game well and is strong in the air, while he is confident in playing out from the back too.
Keane has been discussing his current form and is confident he is still yet to reach the peak.
“I am reaching the age where I will be in my prime in the next two or three years,” Keane said, as quoted by Everton’s official website.
“I am only going to keep getting better, I think. I have always had the right attitude, the desire to keep learning and working hard every day.”
There has certainly been an improvement from Keane at Everton and there are no longer any fears about him playing defence.
He has seven senior international caps for England and the next step in his development would be breaking into Gareth Southgate’s team on a permanent basis.
Keane certainly has the ball-playing abilities of a modern centre-back and in theory should be coming to the peak years of his career.
It’s great to see such confidence from someone that was questioned at one point, but has bounced back well and is keen to keep going.