Michael Keane was part of the spending splurge headed by then-Everton manager Ronald Koeman in the summer of 2017.
The defender was thrown into the backline but he struggled for consistency and both last season and then into this season faced strong criticism from his own fans on Twitter.
With Marco Silva now at the helm, the Toffees have a number of options in defence.
Phil Jagielka, Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina, Kurt Zouma and Keane are all on the club’s books.
Some are on the sidelines with injuries, but since recovering from a blow to the head, Keane has started the club’s last two Premier League fixtures.
Despite conceding two goals to Arsenal, the England international was a solid figure at the back and he continued in that vein on Saturday when the Toffees defeated Fulham 3-0 at Goodison Park.
In a quote highlighted by Everton’s Twitter page, Keane expressed confidence in his current form and it seems that plenty of supporters agree with him.
? | Keep it up, @michaelkeane04!
— Everton (@Everton) September 30, 2018
Think this season he’s become the player we thought we were buying. In great form and long may it continue.
— Terry Cousins (@Tez914) September 30, 2018
Been class 2 games Michael keep it going
— Chris addison (@LordPickford) September 30, 2018
Can’t argue there been solid
— ?LEE W efc? (@leew456) September 30, 2018
— Shaun Davies (@ShaunChiefEFC) September 30, 2018
yeah though he was class against arsenal and only got sent the chippy once by sessegnon on sat stay on your feet big man lesson learnt keep it goin
— Paul Jeffers (@PaulJeffers4) October 1, 2018
he is right, think him and Mina could be immense!
— Michael Ian (@planty2403) September 30, 2018
Really solid performance yesterday – well played
— Steven Roche (@StevenRoche2) September 30, 2018
— ً (@efcchloe) September 30, 2018