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Everton should never have spent so much on Michael Keane

Everton have spent plenty of money under Farhad Moshiri, most of which has been thrown down the drain on disappointing talents that have not led the club in the direction he desired.

One particularly damning window was when he decided to back Ronald Koeman with all of his financial might. He allowed the Dutchman to spend roughly £182.88m, with particularly large amounts of money spent on Jordan Pickford, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Keane.

Has Michael Keane been a bad signing for Everton?

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Yes

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While the former has grown into a fine shot-stopper, Michael Keane represents the poorest value out of most of their acquisitions that summer due to the fact that he continues to drain the club.

Handed an astonishing £65k-per-week contract on top of the £30m initial fee, for 273 weeks he has cost the club a total sum of £47.7m.

Despite having featured heavily too, it seems his career at Goodison Park has never truly gotten started.

He has featured 188 times for the Toffees and has always remained a stalwart of a defender for his side.

However, with the modern game growing increasingly reliant on centre-backs to be comfortable with their feet, he has faltered.

His debut season saw him record a SofaScore rating of 6.89, where he averaged 1.8 interceptions and 1.1 tackles, as well as an outstanding 6.9 clearances per game.

When he was playing for an Everton side under pressure he thrived, but when the impetus was on them to attack, he was almost useless.

The English defender ranks in just the 9th percentile for pass completion percentage for positionally similar players across Europe’s top five leagues and averages a disappointing 2.49 progressive passes per 90, putting him in the worst 45% of players. With that in mind, it’s hardly a surprise that he was part of a defence that was dubbed “Championship level” by Jamie Carragher.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

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It is not his game to pass with a great deal of composure, and although it is not his fault that he was signed for such a sum, he has inevitably failed to live up to it.

Keane was meant to be the leader at the back to help guide the Toffees towards Europe. Instead, he has drained the club whilst offering little in return, with the nadir of his stay culminating in a relegation battle last term in a defence that shipped a woeful 66 times.

Now Frank Lampard seems to have acquired far safer options in Conor Coady and James Tarkowski, all but sealing his fate.

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