Keane – Everton on their way to next level


Everton defender Michael Keane says manager Marco Silva is improving his game and taking the club to another level this season.

The 26-year-old joined Everton in 2017 in a high-profile switch from fellow Premier League club Burnley.

Everton paid £25million for his services, and Keane has had to handle his fair share of criticism since moving to the Toffees.

Keane has made over 70 appearances for the Blues since leaving Turf Moor and he is now confident the club are going places.

His performances for Everton have not gone unnoticed, with Keane called up by England boss Gareth Southgate on seven occasions.

He has helped Everton keep 10 clean sheets in their last 15 Premier League matches and Keane has thanked Silva for his meticulous approach to the game.

“He [Silva] has different ideas from other mangers – every manager is slightly different, and you learn from all of them,” Keane told Everton’s official website.

“He has taught me a lot – I am sure the same is true for everyone at the Club. The way we want to play is really drilled into us now; we just need to fine-tune it, work on a few things – and I think we are close to being a really good team.”

Kurt Zouma partnered Keane for the majority of last season, but it now appears that Yerry Mina will play alongside him. Mason Holgate is waiting in the wings, but Silva seems to be set on his centre-backs after letting Phil Jagielka leave on a free transfer.

Silva’s men went into the international break on the back of a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Toffees are sixth in the Premier League table after picking up seven points from their first four matches.

Everton are back in action on September 15, when they travel to the south coast to face Bournemouth, before they then face Sheffield United on home soil.

Silva will be confident his team can win both matches as he tries to help them push on towards a top-six finish this season.