Michael Keane has faced his fair share of criticism since joining Everton from Burnley in last summer’s transfer window.
Everton won the race to sign the centre-back last summer, and it would be fair to say that a lot was expected of the former Manchester United youngster this season.
The Englishman’s form was not the best in the early months of the campaign, but there is no question that his performance levels have gradually improved.
It is important to remember that Keane is still just 25 years of age, and proved at Burnley last season that he is more then capable of being a fine centre-back at this level of football.
Keane put in a very impressive performance against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, and the Everton supporters took to social media to pay tribute to the defender.
Indeed, the Toffees fans have claimed that Keane is finally starting to show his true worth following a difficult start to life with the Merseyside giants.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Moving away from Allardyce then…
Thoughts on Michael Keane? Looking a lot better in a settled back four? pic.twitter.com/WA8MmXLzRG
— GrandOldTeam (@grandoldteam) April 28, 2018
Allardyce has made the team more organised and able to defend better as a team, as a result Keane is playing better.
— ®a$ђaad Aтcђa™ (@ThaKingSlayer) April 28, 2018
Thought Michael Keane played a very calm, assured game today. Never put a foot wrong, keep it u Michael 👍
— Andy Costigan (@AndyCostigan1) April 28, 2018
Not a coincidence that is best form has come when not partnering Williams.
— Benjamin Isham-Smith (@benjarmyn) April 28, 2018
He's growing. The first 2/3's of the season would be difficult for any new defender. Plus he had that gammy foot. Shame Jags isnt a few years younger.
— David 1878 (@davidjbricey) April 28, 2018
Having Coleman and Baines back in their has made a huge difference. Pique would of struggled playing in our defence before they returned
— Graeme.. (@graeme_f_s) April 29, 2018
Slowly winning me over. Long-term none of our current defenders can be his partner so we need another quality centre back alongside him.
— Paul EFC 86 (@PaulEFC86) April 29, 2018
Man of the match
— . (@BaganMichael) April 29, 2018
Keane was very good today good in the air and on the ground. That is more like the player we thought we had bought
— Peter hadwin (@hado72) April 28, 2018