Everton defender Michael Keane has enjoyed a tremendous start to the 2018/19 season.
The centre-half has been a mainstay at the back under Marco Silva and looks to have found a new lease of life.
He has put the poor form he showed last season well and truly behind him, and has been one of the Toffees most consistent performers so far this term.
His showings recently led to an England recall from Gareth Southgate, and the ex-Burnley defender looks like he’ll be a huge player for Everton going forwards.
Something very notable about Keane this term has been his aerial threat.
He may have only scored one goal (against Bournemouth back in August), but Keane has been a menace for opposition defences at set pieces.
After the first eight games, Keane was determined the greatest defensive goal threat from set pieces, after registering 12 attempts on goal (all headers) – which placed him above Marcos Alonso – according to official Premier League statistics.
Since then, Keane has continued to threaten.
The next Joleon Lescott?
The fact that Keane keeps getting on the end of set pieces suggests that he will soon start scoring more goals.
Everton haven’t really had a goalscoring centre-back since Joleon Lescott.
The now-retired star played for the Toffees for three seasons between 2006-09.
In that time he scored 17 goals for the club in all competitions, 14 of which came in the Premier League.
Lescott was a huge threat for the club before he eventually moved on to join Manchester City, just as Keane is now.
He is very similar to Keane in terms of physical build, and there’s no reason why Keane can’t become as clinical as his fellow countryman was if he keeps getting into promising positions.