Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has criticised Everton defender Michael Keane for the second time in a matter of days following the Toffees’ 3-1 defeat at Bournemouth.
Cascarino took £60,000-a-week (Spotrac) Keane to task in the Times last week for his poor positioning in England’s 5-3 win over Kosovo and saw plenty wrong with his display at the Vitality Stadium yesterday.
In the Times, he wrote: “Michael Keane is too often exposed in one-on-one battles with quick strikers. He was caught out a few times for England and again by Callum Wilson yesterday.
“The Everton team were poor overall — I just don’t see them being anything other than an entertaining team who succeed at home and not away.”
TBR’s View – Bruising week for Keane who needs to rediscover his confidence quickly
Keane has shown in the past that he’s a very good Premier League defender but now he needs to push on in order to be good enough to start regularly for England and in an Everton side who have top six ambitions.
He struggled on the international stage and that looks to have bruised his confidence for Everton, who defended so poorly at times yesterday.
Marco Silva doesn’t have a great deal of alternatives in central defence so in all likelihood, he’ll have to just play Keane through it and hope he returns to form.
But Everton have to improve defensively and they need to get better on the road if they want to get to where they want to be.