Everton defender tells club’s suffering supporters not to panic

Everton defender Michael Keane has insisted that his team will overcome a difficult start to the 2017-18 campaign.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman brought nine new players to Goodison Park during the summer transfer window, and it had been thought that the club would challenge for a Champions League position this term.

Everton have only gathered seven points from their seven Premier League matches this season, however, which has left them down in 16th position in the table.

The Toffees have also only taken one point from two Europa League games, which has led to more pressure on Koeman, whose position is said to be under review.

Keane, however, has insisted that Everton will ‘climb back up the table’ over the next few weeks.

Keane told Everton’s official website:

“If we’d won [against Burnley] we would have been eighth or thereabouts and climbing up the table, so things can change quickly. We’ve had a bad start to the season but we’re still not too far away from where we’d want to be.

“If we put a good run together of three or four wins in a row, which we are capable of, I’m sure we’ll climb back up the table.”

Keane joined Everton from Burnley during the summer, with the England international signing a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Under-fire Koeman has spent more than £200m on new players during his time at Everton, and there are currently question marks over the Dutchman’s long-term future.