Mason Holgate has told Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel that he believes that Michael Keane is probably having his best season yet for Everton, and suggested that few centre-backs in the Premier League have been more impressive than him.
Keane has had to deal with his fair share of criticism during his time at Goodison Park. In fairness, it did appear that he initially struggled to live up to his £30 million fee (via BBC Sport).
However, he seems to have found another level since Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival on Merseyside. He has been outstanding this season for the Toffees, forming a formidable partnership with Yerry Mina.
And Holgate – who arrived at Everton two years earlier – suggested that the 28-year-old has emphatically silenced any doubters.
“I think this is probably the best season he’s had since I’ve been playing with him,” he told Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel. “On the ball, he just looks so composed. I think definitely at this point in the season I can’t really think of many centre-backs who’ve had a better season than him.”
Remarkably, that number has improved each year since his arrival from Burnley. And yet, it still looks set to make a huge jump from last season (82.8 percent) if he remains around a similar figure for the rest of the campaign.
But Keane’s improvement is not an anomaly amongst Everton’s squad. It is remarkable to think that the Toffees were 15th when Ancelotti was appointed.
They are now just five points off the top four with a game in hand.