Chelsea & Everton target Michael Keane’s season in numbers

Burnley defender Michael Keane has been nothing short of fantastic for Sean Dyche’s side this season.

The Turf Moor outfit are making a strong case for Premier League survival – they were five points clear of the relegation zone in 13th place before this weekend’s games kicked-off – and the former Manchester United youngster has played an important role as one of the centre-backs at the heart of Dyche’s highly-organised, defence-comes-first side.

That saw the 23-year-old receive his first England call-up earlier this season and perhaps inevitably, he’s been linked with some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs ahead of the January transfer window – most notably Chelsea and Everton.

Indeed, Keane was mooted as a Blues target by The Daily Mail back in September and recent reports from Mirror Football have discussed their interest once again, whilst also billing Everton as potential mid-season suitors.

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And looking at the numbers, the duo’s interest in Keane is certainly justified. As our infographic shows, he’s a classic old-fashioned, English centre-half, completing a staggering 138 clearances, winning 46 aerial duels and making 1.5 blocksĀ per match.

That shows a real willingness to put his body on the line, so it’s perhaps all the more impressive that Keane has picked up just one yellow card in the process.