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Michael Keane finally lives up to £30 million price-tag

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Michael Keane finally lives up to £30 million price-tag

Summer signing Keane has struggled since joining from Burnley.

Everton took on Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby yesterday afternoon.

The result reflected what was a difficult game, with the teams sharing the spoils in a 0-0 draw.

Everton put in a drab first-half display before improving late in the second-half.

It was a game to forget, however, as it never truly sparked into life.

But one player who will come out of the game feeling very happy is Everton defender Michael Keane.

Last summer Everton spent a fee, reported by the BBC Sport, to be in the region of £30 million to sign Keane from Burnley. However, it has not been a successful transition so far.

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The centre-back failed to find his best form early on at Goodison Park and he has subsequently struggled with injuries.

Ultimately, this has led to his performances becoming a topic of discussion among the Toffees fans, with many unimpressed with the club’s £30 million outlay.

However, against Liverpool, the 25-year-old put in perhaps his best performance in an Everton shirt.

 

Firstly, he did the basics well.

Keane was solid defensively and excellent in the air against the imposing Dominic Solanke. He looked incredibly alert. Much more so than he has in the past for Everton.

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Then there was another dimension to his game.

Keane was brilliant with the ball at his feet and his forward passing gave Everton a better edge in the second-half.

He was finding the attacking players and was always an option for midfielders when under pressure from Liverpool’s intense pressing.

Keane picked the best day to put in such a performance.

After falling out of England contention recently he put in his best Everton display yet under the watchful eye of the national team manager Gareth Southgate.

The 25-year-old will now hope he can continue this form for the rest of the season.

He will also be optimistic that he may have managed to force his way back into the England squad ahead of the World Cup this summer.    

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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