In Focus: Selling Keane would be too premature from Everton

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is prepared to sell Michael Keane when the transfer window reopens in the summer, according to The Mirror.

What’s the story?

The England international moved to Goodison Park from Burnley as part of the Merseyside outfit’s spending spree under former boss Ronald Koeman.

Keane was linked with numerous big-name clubs following a stellar season for the Clarets.

However, since moving to Everton, the centre-back has struggled for consistency.

The team have conceded 46 goals in 27 Premier League games and they have kept just six clean sheets.

Keane has been a victim of the axe on numerous occasions this season, and so far has started 18 top-flight matches and has come off the bench in one.

The Mirror reports that Burnley would be open to bringing back the defender, but are unwilling to pay the £30m that Everton spent to sign him.

Should the Toffees offload?

Regardless of the fact that Keane has not consistently recreated the form that earned him a move to Goodison, it would be too soon for Everton to get rid.

The defender has shown glimpses of quality during his time on Merseyside, and it is worth noting that he is still a young player at 25.

The club spent a big fee on him for a reason, so it would not make much sense for the Toffees to give up so quickly.

The future of Allardyce as manager is uncertain, which makes the potential sale of Keane even more risky, as there could be a new man in charge come the start of the 2018-19 season.

Everton should give the defender at least another season to prove that he is worth the price tag.