By Daniel Feliciano

7th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Michael Keane set to leave Everton in January in Brexit swerve, Premier League move possible

Michael Keane is set to leave Everton on loan in January after picking up an Irish passport to open the door to Europe, according to the Daily Mail.

The former England international has struggled for game time at Goodison Park this season, with Frank Lampard preferring the partnership of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady at the heart of his defence.

Keane is now likely to seek a move away during the January transfer window, and has used his ancestry to ensure that he isn’t blocked from moving to the continent by not reaching criteria for their borders.

A Premier League switch is also possible, with Everton rejecting offers from West Ham United and Nottingham Forest during the summer window.

Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina are all seen as being ahead of Keane in the pecking order too, so it’s unlikely that the club will stand in his way should an acceptable offer be made.

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The squad needs bolstering in certain areas during the January transfer window, but central defence is definitely an area that one or two can be allowed to leave.

Lampard has seemingly settled on his preferred defence and midfield, which means a 4-3-3 system is being implemented rather than the five at the back formation we saw at the end of last season and beginning of this.

By getting an Irish passport it means that several doors open for the player and also for the club too should any deals be brought to the table, and that’s certainly helpful in a window as short as the winter one.

Keane’s time at Everton has been plagued by errors and poor performances, and he won’t be a player that is missed by the fans too much.

The squad has moved on from needing him in the side and with several leaders in the changing room now, it’s best for all that he is moved on at the earliest convenience.