Andy Townsend: Michael Keane must win over Everton fans
Michael Keane needs to work on his relationship with Everton fans and put in better performances for the club, claims Andy Townsend.
The former Premier League midfielder is on commentary duty for the Toffees game against Burnley on the PL Productions World Feed.
He believes that the English defender has not done enough since moving to Everton and the Goodison Park faithful haven’t warmed up to him thus far.
“He’s not had the best of times since moving to Everton,” Townsend said during the first half. “He has been unconvincing.
“He hasn’t won the fans over and with fans here inside the stadium, he’s finding it hard.
“He needs to build that confidence. It’s not very apparent as of now.”
Keane has had a few good games in an Everton shirt, but he’s been the kind of player who’s got a mistake in him.
Whenever he’s named in the starting eleven, there’s a chance that he might mess up somewhere which could end up costing his side the game.
There’s a reason why he’s not quite won over the Toffees faithful yet as they’re not fully convinced by his credentials.
He’s arguably the third choice centre-back at the club and had everyone been fit today, would probably not have started alongside Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina.
That said, against a Burnley side that’s going to spam the box with crosses and long balls, it is Keane’s moment to shine and show the crowd why he merits a spot in the playing eleven.
If Benitez reverts to a back four next week, there’s a good chance Keane is the player to make way.
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