Seamus Coleman claims that Everton defender Michael Keane has bounced back from a tough start on Merseyside to develop massively.
The centre-back joined the Toffees for £30million (BBC) back in June 2017 from Burnley and had a lot of expectation on his shoulders.
He struggled with form during the 2017/18 campaign during his first season with Everton and a chance of scenery made him take a backwards step.
But the 26-year-old was back to his best last season and excelled alongside loanee Kurt Zouma.
Keane started the opening day of the Premier League season in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace and partnered Yerry Mina in the heart of defence.
Coleman has explained his teammate Keane has grown into his surroundings at Goodison Park and is now a vital player for them.
“Michael was different class all last season and throughout pre-season and has really grown into an Everton player,” Coleman said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“His first season was difficult for everyone and he had to battle through that, which he did excellently. You can see his confidence and how he is playing with his chest out.
“The way he has handled himself is all credit to him and his mentality. We are very lucky to have him.”
Keane certainly had a lot of questions posed of him after a miserable first campaign with Everton, as it looked like he had taken a step too far.
But the centre-back is now a trusted part of Marco Silva’s backline and has managed to adjust nicely.
He’s a composed player that is very confident with the ball at his feet and he’s strong in the air too when defending his box.
Keane has featured for England seven times at senior international level and should earn plenty more caps in future years if his recent form continues.