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Everton: Michael Keane puts on a defensive disaster-class against Man City

Everton put on yet another disappointing display against Premier League Champions Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Rafa Benitez’s side put in a defensive disaster-class at the Ethiad, losing 3-0 to the title challengers, and never really establishing any attacking threat in the entire duration of the game.

Another injury blow was dealt to the Spanish manager, as winger Demarai Gray went off injured in just the 16th minute of the game.

Manchester City could’ve opened proceedings much earlier in the game, in the 33rd minute, when a penalty shout was luckily overturned by VAR when Michael Keane clashed with Raheem Sterling.

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However, it wasn’t long for Pep Guardiola’s side to score, with a fantastic ball from Joao Cancelo put onto Raheem Sterling’s foot in front of goal which he converted in the 44th minute to put the City side ahead 1-0.

Everton continued to come undone and showed no signs of getting back into the game after half time, when the Toffees conceded two further goals in the 55th minute and then once more in the 86th minute.

Overall, the Merseyside club had a shocking 22% possession over the 90 minutes, which is a real reflection of how poor and reluctant the Everton side looked to get into the game and move the ball in important areas of the pitch.

One player that stuck out like a sore thumb in Everton’s defence is Michael Keane, who looked lost in many moments of the game today, which reflected in his individual match statistics that saw the centre back have less touches (36) than goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

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Everton fans took to Twitter to scold the £22.5m-rated rated centre back;

One fan tweeted; “The sooner we move on Michael Keane the better, diabolical defender”

Another wrote; “Michael Keane’s movement for the third goal and his meek reaction as the ball went in says it all. When things are tough, they play within themselves. No character, no leadership, nothing.”

To make matter worse, he only completed 76% of his passes and made just two tackles despite an offensive onslaught from the opposition.

This disastrous defensive performance is hard proof that Rafa needs to either add players in the January transfer window, or pray for a return to full fitness from centre back Yerry Mina, as the side falls further away from getting back into the top half of the table.

Everton will now look forward to a game at Goodison Park against Brentford next weekend, and Benitez will surely be hoping he has some more players back from injury in an effort to win some points before a tough run of fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. If he does, then Keane simply has to be axed after his feeble showing in Manchester.

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