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Michael Keane signs new 5-year contract

Michael Keane has agreed a new 5-year contract with Everton, underlining Carlo Ancelotti’s confidence in the England centre-back.

The 27-year-old impressed in his performances under Ancelotti during the season run-in and and played every minute of the last nine games of the Premier League season after it resumed in June following the Covid-19 shutdown.

On Tuesday, Keane was recalled to the England squad by boss Gareth Southgate for the Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark next week and he will be buoyed by his new deal which ties him to the Blues until June 2025.

The centre-back, who had two years left on his previous deal, has scored three goals in 94 Premier League appearances since signing from Burnley in a £25m deal in 2017.

“I have loved my three years at Everton and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds,” Keane told the club’s website.

“I am learning every day on the training pitch with the manager and all his staff. The manager is one of the best there has been.

“I am not happy just staying where I am at the minute. I want to keep improving and keep learning. My best years are definitely ahead of me.

“It’s time we started producing results on the pitch. We want to finish higher in the table than we did last year and get into Europe.

“The Club has been investing in the team and it is time we started producing results on the pitch,” he continued.

“We want to finish higher in the table than we did last year and get into Europe. And if we can win a cup that would be brilliant”.

 


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 Posted
30/08/2020 at
15:32:04

I believe Keane had two years left on his contract. He’s 27 years old. Would you rather we didn’t offer him a good contract, so he doesn’t sign, and then next summer – with only a year left on his contract – run the risk of having to offer him a markedly better contract just to guard against him leaving on a free at the age of 29?

I think getting Keane to sign on improved terms until he’s 32 is a promising sign, but then again I’m not of the opinion (like a fair amount on here) that Keane is a major barrier to the team’s significant improvement. And it seems like Brands, Ancelotti et al either agree, or at least do not want a valuable asset to leave the club for free.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
15:51:17

This is gonna be a rough one for Steve Ferns. We’re all here for ya, mate.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:01:15

Hahaha, Mike, I came on here for the same reason – to see Steve Fearns losing his mind over Keane! I haven’t laughed this much all day! 🙂

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:02:04

Great news! I don’t care what our armchair analysts think – I think Carlo knows a thing or two about footballers, and he has had a close look at Keane for over half a season. If he thinks MK-1 (damn the Moise Kean signing!) is good to sign up for 5 more years, that is good enough for me. Good luck, fella!

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:03:49

Well done Michael. Condolences Steve Ferns. Has Iwobi left yet?

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:06:06

I don’t see any real problem with this?

For me (just my opinion) but Michael Keane is our best defender at actually defending.

Holgate isn’t a great defender, again just my opinion, Mason may be better with the ball at his feet but old-fashioned defending no.

Mina has proven himself far too unreliable especially last season, probably even in his first if truth be told.

Branthwaite is a novice and won’t play every week.

Cast our minds back to Marco Silva’s first season, the outstanding partnership was Keane and Kurt Zouma by a country mile.

As I say, don’t see any problems with this deal.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:22:55

He has definitely become more consistent and it’s good to see him sign a new contract. Clear the midfielders out should be next On the agenda.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:23:06

Mike, already knew this yesterday, hence the comments on his bumper new deal.

Jim, I don’t actually disagree with you. For pure defending in his own penalty area Keane is great. He’s big, strong, he’s great in the air (in both boxes), he stands tall and gets blocks in.

My issue is that he can only play in his own box. So if we play a low block, aka the way Burnley always played with him, then he excels. It’s playing to his strengths. If we play a very high line and press high up the pitch, like we did under silva, then there’s so much space behind him and he’s no pace to recover. He also turns slower than an oil tanker.

Other issues are his lack of leadership, his lack of communication, his tendency to drop his head and be deeply affected by mistakes.

Gylfi Sigurdsson in a recent club interview was talking about adapting to his new position. He talked about how the centre back stopped him going too far forwards. That centre back should have been Keane, but no it was Holgate.

In essence, if you want to sit deep and play backs to the wall, then there’s few better English defenders. If you actually want to attack teams and play good football, he’s a liability.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:23:45

Perhaps Mr Ancelotti has several plans in mind for playing various teams and one of which might include sitting deep with 3 central defenders, I’ve no idea but did anyone actually see how he set up Napoli when they played across the park?

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:23:58

All I can say on the subject is if it’s good enough for Carlo, it’s good enough for me. I hate seeing us making mugs of ourselves and hope the Keane is right when he says his best years are ahead of him.

Starting to actually get excited again now… Reservedly!

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:25:40

This is a good move. Keane has been excellent since Carlo arrived and he will get better. I believe he has the right attitude and temperament as well as ability to take us where we need to go.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:27:15

I’m not sure the edge of my seat has another five years in it.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:33:28

I’m not Keane’s biggest fan, far from it. Having said that, if Carlo Ancelotti rates him and wants him in the squad, then who the fuck am I to question that?

He’s 27, a good age, entering his peak years and protects his value in terms of any possible future transfer. He’s a solid enough performer when he has a partner with pace next to him and is very comfortable with the physical side of the league so let’s see if Holgate can cement a partnership with him.

I personally still think Mina, when fit, is the much better defender. Just opinions though. One thing you can’t question, is Keane’s desire to play for Everton. The more of them we have, the better. COYB

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:35:17

His slowness on the turn is there to be seen and I still recall the ease with which Lukaku did him at Goodison. I think Steve Ferns is right but there we are. I hope he flourishes.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:42:07

Benn #13, agree with every word.

Steve #8, I would just make the point that we can’t play a high line and press up the pitch, at least against quick teams, and Carlo knows it. It’s not just Keane who’s the problem — we have no pace anywhere on the back line except perhaps Holgate. We’d need 3-4 pacy defenders to play that way, not just one.

For the way Carlo needs us to play right now, Keane is just fine. And I still think he’ll usually be third choice behind Holgate and a healthy Mina, who passes the ball better and will meld better with our new South American midfield (please please please get these done!).

Tony #14, I remember that play so vividly. Keane was already rumored to be headed our way, and after watching that moment I was dubious to put it mildly. He’s actually been a bit better for us than I expected.

Pat #12, good ‘un as usual.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:44:53

It’s a business decision just as much as a football one. It means he won’t be sold on the cheap as his contract was diminishing.

Whatever anyone thinks about his pace or his turning circle of the Arc Royal we need four central defenders. As part of that mini squad this makes good sense, gives us strength in depth and dependability.

Mina may be the one to be moved on and be sold if a quality central defender like, the one that got away, Gabriel is bought.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
16:55:03

Mike, precisely why I’m so pissed off. We need to sign a quick central defender. Keane getting a bumper new deal, instead of being sold, shows this looks very unlikely. Digne is quick enough for me though. Coleman ain’t slow, even if he ain’t as fast as he was.

I want to see a better brand of football than we witnessed at the end of last season, and covering for Michael Keane’s flaws won’t allow for that.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:00:54

Curious that the new contract should be for so long. I can understand perhaps focusing on other areas for new signings for the next couple of windows and then focusing on central defence. But that would only call for a season or so extension for Keane.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:03:01

Steve, I’m dying here. On one hand I want to agree with every word you say, it’s a utter disaster to invest in player who at best is only a moment away from losing his conference completely. On the other hand it means agreeing with you!!! Dilemma.

Capable of one trick and not a very good one at that, we are never seeing the money we paid for him again. He must be jigging around his mansion.

This is a massive waste of money. Given his ‘best’ performances were after lockdown, although the bar was lower than a snakes belly his value as a player is surely at least the price we paid for him. A lower half team who played defensively who have bought him and helped fund a better player. This has priced him out of any move.

It’s a big mistake for me.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:12:16

I remember when Steve Ferns thought we’d be better without Gana and now he’s crying out for such a player to cover the deficiencies of the same players we had when Gana was sold. I think the whole Marco Silva fiasco pushed Steve over the edge.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:13:30

The player has been working hard on his game especially on the turns.
Carlo knows what is required and in him we trust.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:19:37

I don’t know if Paul the Esk or someone can answer this question but by extending his contract can we also extend the amortization of his puechase price? If so, this could just be a creative accounting tactic to get round FFP.

For once I agree with Steve. Keane has very poor concentration and awareness.

His only saving grace is he is not bad in both penalty areas and god knows we need more goals from elsewhere in the team other than the front two. This was supposed to be Mina’s strength but he hasnt been that productive.

I was also a bit concerned about Holgate’s performance against Blackpool after his article saying we would be going all out to improve this season. Although to be fair the back 4 had no protection whatsoever from midfield.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:22:14

Since coming back from his horrendous toe injury (which he played through & nearly lost his toe) he has been very consistent for us. If Carlo has confidence in him, then he is likely to get better.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:32:25

The lad has talent and after a somewhat shaky start could be another Brian Labone with the right man alongside him.

Holgate has also shown good progress so defensively they could be very strong. Just needs the rest of the team to come good.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:37:54

Absolute desperation giving Keane an extended contract. For me, he is no more than a squad member. He panics far too easy and he has zero pace.

Hope to god he isn’t going to be a regular starter or we are in trouble, especially with Pickford behind him. Offload Mina and buy someone else to partner Holgate.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:37:55

Awful player and very surprised about this news he is the weakest link in our defense and and I was hoping him and Pickford would be the first ones out the door, doesn’t bode well for this season with those two still in the team.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:46:01

Agree with Steve Ferns regarding Keane. Mina can get caught as well. But I think that Ancelotti is happy how the backline is coming on and has bigger concerns further up the pitch, when it gets Coleman’s position covered.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:53:08

With Mina so injury prone, I don’t see a problem giving Keane a new contract, he’s a good defender, and did nothing wrong this season. He’s back in the England squad, so he must be doing something right, and with a better midfield in front of him, should be fine.

Steve, regarding Sigurdsson talking about adapting to his new position, still never saw him make a tackle, just ran beside the opposition player with the ball, that was his contribution.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
17:53:59

Mike @15, I respect and admire Keane. I think he is a sensitive man who has shown considerable courage for us. I just wish he was sharper.

Anyway, I think we’re going to be ok at centre-back over the next few years. I have high hopes of Branthwaite but I also think we may have a gem in Gibson. There’s an interesting thing in the Echo about us lending him to Huddersfield (though Fortuna Dusseldorf are also interested, it is said) because we think their plan under Corberan is properly aligned with Lewis’s development and Ancelotti’s proposed style.

Apparently, we rate Corberan generally; he’s 37; I know nothing about him.

It’s pleasing to see that sort of intelligence going into our loan policy.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
18:26:29

I think we’ll see his best years under Carlo, started to get back on track end of last season. Good news IMHO.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
18:29:47

Keane’s performances in the past have concerned me. TBH, the entire defence has been sh#t at times!

For me, as with many of our players, the key is consistency.

Time tells all.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
18:50:04

I’m starting to get the feeling that Mr Ferns is still smarting from the Silva debacle.

Reading between the lines.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:00:53

In answer to the first post.. I would happily let him leave on a free.. right now.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:10:48

Lovely to see you again Ciarán!

Your temporary departure managed to raise the average age of Twebers whilst simultaneously lowering the average IQ. A truly impressive feat!

I’m hoping we see you more frequently here moving towards this new season. I truly missed your observations and I’ve seen at least two other posters make similar statements.

As for Ferns keeping a low profile regarding the Silva debacle…unlikely! Mr Ferns is a lawyer, and having a sister in law recently divorce one I’m familiar with the breed. More cheek than a sumo, more neck than a giraffe….that’s lawyers. He’ll be back, louder and larger than before, virtually nothing more certain in this world.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:15:22

I’m not a whippersnapper anymore Derek!

Trying to drag myself into faintly liking football again.. fingers crossed.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:17:29

Michael Keane, “My best years are definitely ahead of me”, we’ll I hope and pray that they are not behind you or we’ll never fuckin’ get rid of you.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:25:14

So few of us here are whippersnappers Ciarán! You’re first among equals.

I hear you on the enthusiasm front. Football isn’t what it used to be that’s for sure. I’m giving my all one more time because I’m convinced it’s Ancellotti or bust. If this fellow can’t get us going in the right direction, then the alternative is truly dire. Here’s hoping the football itself can fire up the enthusiasm for both of us, and the positive results we’ll get keep it burning.

Still good to have you back, even temporarily.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:25:20

I just hope this is signing him up because he’s set to be back up until he sorts his shit out, flog him, as soon as possible for as much as possible, he’s dreadful

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:35:24

I like Keane and I’m glad he has a new contract, I hope it wasn’t a pay rise though.

Keane is better than Mina when we defend deeper. He is ideal against teams who are likely to attack us, allowing us to soak up pressure and try to hit teams on the break as he is excellent at defending the area in front of him. He is poor at defending the area behind him – ie a high defensive line.

Alex Ferguson used to be brilliant in saving players for certain games, I believe that we should do this more. I would play Keane at home to the biggest 5 teams and away against the top 5 and potentially the likes of Leicester, however I wouldn’t play him against the weaker teams who we should be looking to attack. It might only mean that he starts around 12-15 games, but it would be the 12-15 games that suit his style of play, Mina should be first choice for the other 23-26 games.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:55:48

Dave #36, classic! Made me laugh out loud and scare the dog.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
19:57:54

For me, I don’t rate him, and with an erratic goalkeeper, their combined lack of confidence and decision making, invites the opposition on, and has proven costly, but the lack of a cohesive midfield the last couple of seasons, has meant by default the EFC, defence is under the cosh.

But I’d not disagree with Carlo Ancelotti, and it will be interesting to see what style or system Carlo, aims to play this season, so hoping for some quality incoming
transfers and a solid, functional defence.

I’ve a hunch, probably miles off, that he could even become Captain as perhaps Carlo sees this in his development plan.

As ever, interesting times at EFC.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
20:30:17

I don’t think Michael Keane is an awful player, he’s just one-dimensional and the thing that scares me is that no amount of coaching by Carlo is going to make him quicker.

He might be able to coach awareness but, if he is slow now, he is going to be positively pedestrian by the time he’s over 30.

Whoever on here compared him to Brian Labone – shame on you.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
20:43:58

Paul,

Perhaps Carlo sees that the biggest weakness in Kean’s game is the erratic ‘keeper and has a plan. Romario of Man Utd.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
20:44:59

If, God forbid, we are scrapping in the bottom half of the table, Michael Keane will be the first name on the team sheet and we will sing his praises for getting us the goalless draws we will be happy to get.

If, please God, we are aiming at the other end of the table, he won’t be in the team. Giving him an extended contract suggests a certain lack of confidence for the season ahead. He is the epitome of a confidence player and I think he will get better. Southgate and Carlo like him and that’s good enough.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
20:47:05

I think it’s the awareness issue that needs to be coached more than anything if Keane stands a chance of improving. A better starting position is crucial because he really gets lost by movement, often taking his eye off the ball whilst looking for the man who’s just lost him, which instantly puts him on the back foot.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
20:52:29

Colin @5. No Colin. Iwobi hasn’t left. He’s been offered a 5 years extension as well.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
21:03:46

Agree with others who say Keane is very one dimensional, solid in a low block, but no pace. I think that tying him to a longer contract might pro-rate his FFP impact, which could be helpful this year. But is the secondary reason for this – to maximize the $ if Barcelona come calling for him? I saw that Koeman had short listed him as potential target.

I prefer Mina and Holgate to start, Keane as third, with either Branthwaite or Gibson as sub (the other going on loan to develop).

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
21:06:12

It’s not Kean I’d be looking to offload… it’s Pickford – he’s a menace.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
21:14:16

“I saw that Koeman had short listed him as potential target.”

Keane for the future rebuilt Barca. Also immediately told Suarez he isn’t wanted, and upset at least one other, I forget who.

No-one can accuse the guy of having an inconsistent management style.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
21:16:30

Keane’s a bit of a conundrum. You certainly can’t question his heart (as evidenced by his attempts to play through that nasty foot injury, or when he rushed back from a skull fracture), but when you talk about the club’s mental fragility, he’s one of the most obvious offenders.

He’s more than capable of stringing together some solid performances, as shown during the restart… but, as Steve notes, he’s arguably a liability in the sort of style we ultimately aspire to play. He’s not a bad player to have in the squad, but personally I think Holgate and Mina should be first choice… and if Branthwaite and/or Gibson develop as we’re hoping, that could leave him even more surplus to requirements.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
21:31:09

Unbelievable. Rewarding a very limited defender after another average season.

Sell, sell, sell.

He’s not our best defender. He’s good in the air, gets a few blocks in but I’m not sure how many successful tackles he makes due to his slowness and poor positional play outside of the keepers box.

This is why Everton, our once great club has become a bottom half team.

He’s had a 30% payrise apparently and a large signing on fee.

No official new signings but let’s publicise this. Unbelievable, just un-fk-believable.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
21:31:36

He’s survived for now because our midfield is so very bad.

The complete fall apart after lockdown has necessitated all transfer funds to be directed in the engine room. I can’t blame Ancelotti for that. It was woeful.

He’s not for me, but he will do for another season and with long enough on a contract you’d still get something for him in the future.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
22:07:47

Have to say, Keane gives 100% every time, had a good season, but the negativity unreal, Mina injury after injury, and the last one, no one near him, and it’s all anti Keane, unbelievable.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
22:12:08

KK @20: ‘I think the whole Marco Silva fiasco pushed Steve over the edge.’

Ha ha, made me laugh that!

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
22:52:44

Plays like he’s on the verge of a catastrophic mistake at all times.

Lacks confidence, always.

Sh*ts himself against challenging opposition.

Completely undeserving of a new contact. Put it this way, anyone out there who’d buy him from us now?

On a human level, seems a Thoroughly decent guy. But he’s not being paid on a human level.

 Posted
30/08/2020 at
22:56:53

If I went over the edge, then it’s the pathetic performances and the shite football I had to witness after lockdown was eased, when we seemed to have turned the corner.

I don’t want an Idrissa Gueye type player. Allan is more or less that anyway. Sam Hoare gave the stats on them both on the other thread. Allan is not as prolific in winning the ball, but he’s not far off. Allan is far superior on the ball in terms of touch, dribbling, and passing. I’m happy that we’ve replaced Gueye, at last.

Under Silva, I wanted to see a holding midfielder to anchor the midfield and allow us to play a 433. This player would allow the fullbacks to push on and would move in and out of the back line as necessary, and plug the gaps when we get counter attacked. This was when we could count on the pace of Zouma as well.

Since zouma and Gueye left, we have become a team that is very susceptible to a counter attack. I doubt many teams conceded a higher % of goals from counter attacks than we did. I think that this can be solved by a static holding midfielder screening the back four, again allowing the fullbacks to push on, and to allow Gomes higher up the pitch and to allow Allan to push higher up the pitch and win the ball in dangerous areas like he does.

I’m talking a player like Fernandinho, or Diawara (of Roma and formerly Allan’s teammate at Napoli until Carlo sold him).

Sure, we don’t have to have such a player. But whilst we employ Michael Keane in defence and the lines become as stretched as they always do for us, then having a screen in front of the defence will make us a much harder team to pass through. If we sign James Rodriguez and he operates in his preferred number 10 role, then we need to accept that he won’t contribute much defensively, and again we need the holding midfielder to add balance. I’m thinking a 442 diamond (41212) or a 433 here.

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