Michael Keane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)
Former Club: Burnley
Chased by Koeman since the January window and by Steve Walsh for considerably longer, Michael Keane was Everton’s number one target in the transfer window. At one stage it looked as if his former club Manchester United were going to steal ahead of the Blues to sign the young England centre back, but a change of heart by Mourinho is United’s loss and very much Everton’s gain.
Keane has looked a class apart in the two legs of the Europa League victory over Ruzomberok and is already assured of a place in the Everton line up as the Blues number one centre back. Strong in the air (he won every header in the 1st leg at Goodison) and a good reader of the game, he has all the attributes to be a success at Goodison Park.
Some Evertonians have been quick to compare Keane to former Toffee John Stones, and although Keane is assured on the ball, comparisons are not particularly correct. Keane is a defender first and foremost and although he is comfortable in possession he does not have the same quality as the Man City defender. That is not however a negative trait, because unlike Stones, Keane appears to know when to play and when to defend.
For me, alongside Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane is the signing of the summer. Everton have looked suspect at the back for three or four seasons and at least one new centre back was essential in this transfer window (hopefully another one to follow before the 31st August). Keane looks to have settled on Merseyside very quickly and he has been the pick of the summer signing so far.