Michael Keane has admitted he’s really impressed by Everton youngsters Jarrad Branthwaite and Anthony Gordon, who are both highly-rated teenagers at Goodison Park.
Keane, who cost the Toffees £30million (BBC) over three years ago, has turned himself into a key player since then and he’s an ever-present in Carlo Ancelotti’s current side.
The 27-year-old centre-back is one of several senior figures now in the team and he’s popped up with three goals from 11 games this season, but there is also plenty of upcoming talent at the Merseyside club.
Branthwaite, 18, was signed from Carlisle United back in January and he’s played five senior games already for Ancelotti’s side.
The towering 6ft 5in centre-back was part of the main group during the end of last season, while this campaign he’s mainly been sidelined with an ankle injury but is beginning to get back to fitness.
Meanwhile, left-winger Gordon is a 19-year-old that has come through the Everton academy.
He’s a speedster that has caught the eye already this season with three assists during the club’s run in the Carabao Cup, but he’s still working on trying to force his way into the Premier League XI.
Keane is clearly a fan of both Everton youngsters, who he believes can have a bright future on the game:
“Jarrad was brilliant in the games he played [last season], him and Anthony have the right work ethic and discipline,” Keane told Everton’s official website.
“It is credit to them, they have obviously had good upbringings and been taught the right way at Everton.
“They are both good guys to have around the changing room and eager to improve and learn and listen. I am sure they will keep improving and push a long way.”