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Everton: Lampard must ruthlessly axe Michael Keane

Everton have had a season of nightmares so far, with the side almost falling into the relegation zone last night, only spared by Leicester’s second-half goals against Burnley, which gave the Toffees a lifeline just above the drop zone by one point.

There are so many factors that have come into the demise of the Merseyside club this season, with numerous injury problems to key players, managerial issues amid the sacking of Rafa Benitez in January, and a string of poor defensive performances that has seen the side score 13 fewer goals than they have conceded, winning only six league games out of 24 so far.

There is no doubt that the defensive issues are a huge problem for Everton, and new manager Frank Lampard must address the costly errors that his defensive line are constantly making.

Michael Keane, in particular, is proving time and time again that he hasn’t got the discipline in his position to assist the Toffees in their efforts to save the season and remain in the Premier League, becoming a huge hindrance in the team.

The £69k-per-week dud who was dubbed “sloppy” by BT Sport pundit Jim Beglin, made yet another error in Everton’s most recent Premier League defeat at Goodison Park last weekend that led to Phil Foden scoring in the last few minutes of the game for Manchester City.

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His poor decision making and lack of concentration in the moments leading to Foden’s goal in the 82nd minute were scathed by former England goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, who told Football Insider;

“Keane suffers from lapses in concentration,”

“It happens far too often. This is not an isolated incident. This is not a one-off.”

“It is costing Everton dearly. These are errors that could be and need to be stopped.”

This isn’t the first time this season that Keane has let his team down. The defender set Everton back early into an away game against bottom of the table, Norwich City, opening up the scoring for the Canaries with an own goal in the 16th minute, leading to a 2-1 defeat that sparked protests and the sacking of Benitez.

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According to SofaScore, the 29-year-old averages 55.5 touches and loses the ball 9.9 times per game in the Premier League, meaning he is losing possession every five touches he makes. This lack of ball retention is a clear indication that Keane is not offering enough defensively to the side in a very vulnerable time for the team, and could play a huge part in a failed relegation battle if Lampard doesn’t ruthlessly axe him soon.

Everton must try to salvage and survive by any means possible in the last few months of the season, with another tough game away from home coming up in the league this weekend when the side travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur. Another defeat could be the final nail in the coffin for the team, and they could easily be inside the relegation zone by the end of the week if they don’t pick up points.

In other news: Lampard could find Digne replacement in loaned-out Nkounkou