When Everton decided to sign Michael Keane for £30m back in the summer of 2017, it was a big statement from Bill Kenwright.
The Toffees haven’t been afraid to spend wildly in recent years and this was a fine example.
Keane had played just two seasons in the Premier League before they decided to spend a fee that equalled the club’s record outlay at the time.
The centre-back has since become a bit-part of the England squad and has played 30 matches or more in every Premier League campaign after arriving.
Based on fitness and his availability, the money was certainly worth it.
However, judging by his performances, particularly over the last 12 months, you have to question the decision to spend so much money.
His form also dictates that it was bizarre to reward him a new five-year deal only a year ago.
The defender has regressed pretty significantly, so much so that his market value has dropped to £22.5m, much less than what they signed him for all those years ago.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Keane’s value dropped more in the coming months. He did put in a solid performance against Brighton and then scored against his former club Burnley on Monday but his displays aside from those two matches have been poor.
He lost his marker when Huddersfield scored against them in the Carabao Cup a few weeks ago and he was also abject against Leeds.
Keane isn’t blessed with the greatest of pace but was somehow caught out by a fairly slow Patrick Bamford when Rafa Benitez’s side drew with Leeds.
The 28-year-old turned leisurely as the ball went past him and then Bamford picked up possession and found Mateusz Klich who tucked an effort beyond Jordan Pickford.
We have seen brief moments of quality from the centre-half during the 2021/22 campaign but for the most part he has been a liability and a letdown for the Toffees.
To think Everton paid as much as £30m almost defies belief, especially after his value has fallen by £7.5m in the last few seasons.
It’s safe to say this move was a bit of a disaster from Kenwright and co.