Michael Keane is finished at Everton after being left out of friendly team vs West Sydney Wanderers
Frank Lampard has sent a message to Michael Keane that he has no future at Everton after leaving him out of the side to face West Sydney Wanderers.
The Toffees were facing the hosts in the Sydney Super Cup final during their mid-season tour of Australia, following on from their penalty shootout win over Celtic at the weekend.
But Michael Keane was forced to watch the game from the bench despite several defensive issues, showing that he has no future at Goodison Park.
Yerry Mina was forced off injured at half-time of the win over Celtic, meaning he was unavailable for the game, while Conor Coady is currently in Qatar representing England at the World Cup.
Ben Godfrey is still recovering from his serious leg injury too and therefore wasn’t playing, but Lampard still opted for the defensive partnership of James Tarkowski and Mason Holgate in a back four.
It may seem minor to some considering it’s a friendly game with very little bearing on anything, but the fact Lampard is choosing to go with senior first-team players rather than fringe players is telling.
He’s risking injury and denying those players a break during a period where there is no domestic football, and not giving Keane the chance to sharpen up and potentially ready himself for the second half of the season.
It’s believed Keane is ready to leave, having got himself an Irish passport to avoid any Brexit issues during the January transfer window and having Premier League clubs interested.
But there was interest last summer too and nothing materialised, so it’s brave of Lampard to isolate him to this point in the middle of a season without something more concrete lined up.
Either way, there is no hiding it now. Keane is done at Everton and if he is still at the club come February it will be a shock to everyone, not least Lampard and himself.