Everton advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 3-2 win in extra time away at Championship outfit Hull City thanks to goals from Demarai Gray, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend.
The Toffees had gone behind after 45 seconds, however, Rafa Benitez’s side rallied and eventually shook off the resilient Tigers to progress in the competition.
The task at hand shouldn’t have been as tricky as it eventually proved to be for the Premier League side, particularly with manager Benitez opting to make just four changes to the side that lost 3-2 to Brighton in the league last weekend.
The 61-year-old had plenty of his regulars on show in East Yorkshire, with some not living up to the required standard. One of those was centre-back Michael Keane who had a disappointing evening at the MKM Stadium.
Keane failed to make a single tackle during the 120 minutes that he was on the pitch, a shambolic statement really when you consider the fact that the Englishman is a defender.
Moreover, the fact that the centre-back was playing against a side who, with respect, are 19th in the Championship table.
Furthermore, the 28-year-old lost possession 19 times and didn’t manage to block a single shot whilst also managing three interceptions.
It could be argued that the Englishman’s presence is a catalyst for the Merseyside club’s underwhelming first half of the season with the Toffees currently in 15th place in the Premier League. After all, he was dubbed “sloppy” for his involvement in the concession of a goal earlier this term by Sport Witness journalist Sean Lunt.
With the January transfer window open, it is unknown how Everton’s squad will look come the end of the month and more performances similar to that of Saturday evenings may cause Benitez to ponder the idea of adding a centre-back to his ranks that could provide Keane with more competition.
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