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February 11, 2018, 11:12:32 PM
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Mick 1995

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Maybe Simeone has asked to bring his own defenders with him this summer?

You reckon Keane is off to Chelsea?
He'd shine there like yeah.


February 13, 2018, 03:54:58 PM
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Mick 1995

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Completely agree.

In the last 10 years how many players have "failed to settle"

I've never seen anything like what's going on now, I can only assume there is no team spirit at all when the likes of Klaassen, Sandro and Keane are all being rumoured to not like it here.

It really seems from the outside looking in that we have 11 players not a team on the pitch at any one time.

It's a really good point that.
OK, you've had your Van der Meydes & Drenthes that settled a little bit too well into the local culture.
And your Kroldrups that were poor scouting.

But from the moment a player had to sing infront of the rest of the squad, they settled and were part of the team.
The year we finished 4th we brought in quite a large number of players (relative to the seasons either side) and managed to settle them in.

The answer can only really be due to the lack of stability in the club

February 13, 2018, 04:20:23 PM
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Mick 1995

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Piece on the site & Echo:

Michael Keane wants to piece together a consistent run of form following his towering display at the heart of Everton’s defence in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Centre-back Keane relished his physical duel with muscular Palace striker Christian Benteke, as the Toffees saw off Roy Hodgson’s team amid a blitz of second-half goals at Goodison Park.

The 25-year-old confessed his side were determined to atone for the previous week’s defeat at Arsenal – and acknowledged that Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike immediately after half-time enabled Everton to “relax and kick-on” against the Eagles.

Keane has steadily established himself in the middle of the Blues’ back four – starting seven of the past nine games and missing out against Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion last month only because of injury.

And former Manchester United man Keane insists Everton must use their stellar form on home turf – since Sam Allardyce watched the Toffees thump West Ham United 4-0 in late November they have hoovered up 17 points from eight matches on their own patch – as the catalyst for a blistering finish to the campaign.

“My confidence is always growing,” Keane told evertontv. “It took a dent last week [following the Arsenal match]. I think that happened to the whole team. I need to find more consistency and play like that week in, week out.

“I know that and will be doing everything I can to achieve that. I was happy with how it went against Palace. I thought we were really solid as a team, there was a lot of communication [across the pitch], and I was really pleased.

“I thought I did well. I enjoy the battles. I knew there would be a lot of aerial balls against Benteke and the new guy [6ft 4in Palace debutant forward Alexander Sorloth] and I worked on that in training.

"I enjoy games like that, they suit me and I felt I played well."

Everton peppered the Palace goal from distance during the opening 45 minutes but were unable to breach a rearguard that has tightened up immeasurably following former England boss Hodgson's appointment as manager last September.

Sigurdsson’s 25-yard blast 60 seconds after the restart served to open the floodgates, however, with Oumar Niasse pouncing to extend the Blues’ advantage six minutes later.

Tom Davies’ 75th-minute goal ensured Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic’s late penalty acted as nothing more than a consolation for the visitors – albeit Keane was frustrated to miss out on a third clean sheet in his past seven outings.

He was nevertheless relieved to avoid a nerve-jangling ending similar to the one against Leicester City 10 days earlier, when Everton dominated huge chunks of the match but were left clinging on for a 2-1 win after England striker Jamie Vardy’s second-half penalty.

Moreover, Keane is pleased Everton have moved within two points of former club Burnley in seventh – with a visit to Turf Moor inked into the calendar early next month – after finding themselves perched precariously, two points above the drop zone, prior to that meeting with West Ham two-and-a-half months ago.

“It was important we bounced back after last weekend’s result," said Keane. "We were disappointed for everyone who travelled down and all the fans in general. We were not good enough. We wanted to put that right and we did that, especially in the second half. We came out of the blocks well and got ourselves 3-0 up.

“We wanted to make it easier for ourselves than we did against Leicester. We were disappointed to concede the goal, because we wanted a clean sheet. But it was a good win in the end.

“We felt comfortable in the first half without creating too much. But when you get the first goal it always lifts the pressure a bit. That helped the lads relax and we kicked on from there.”