Robbie Savage: This is the Premier League player Everton should sign in January
By Amir Mir
BBC pundit Robbie Savage has stated that Everton should sign Burnley centre-back Michael Keane to solve their problems this season.
Ronald Koeman’s side are struggling for consistency in the Premier League this term, despite a positive start to the campaign which saw them win four of their first five league matches.
They were beaten 3-2 at Watford on Saturday afternoon, their third defeat in their last five league games.
As a result they are ninth in the league table on 20 points from 15 games, three points ahead of newly-promoted Burnley in 13th and ten points behind Manchester City in fourth.
Former Premier League midfielder Savage offered his thoughts on the Toffees and explained why he thinks they are a top seven team.
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“We have got to put Everton as a football club into perspective,” Savage told the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live. “What are they? Seventh? I think that’s what they are, probably the best of the rest. People might say Leicester won the league last year, of course Everton would try and get into that top six, but you are looking at an ageing side.
“I think they need to go for a young centre-half, Ashley Williams has done well, somebody like Michael Keane at Burnley.
“How does he [Koeman] get the best out of Ross Barkley? They are so reliant on Lukaku, if he got injured where would the goals come from? I think there are big problems.
“If Everton finished seventh this year, you would say that is what Everton are.”
Former Manchester United player Keane has played 15 league games this season, helping Sean Dyche’s side keep three clean sheets.
Koeman has opted to play summer signing Ashley Williams, alongside Phil Jagielka and Funes Mori this term. They have conceded 19 goals in 15 league games.
Despite Everton’s inconsistent performances in the league, striker Romelu Lukaku has been in scintillating form in front of goal.
The 23-year-old has scored nine goals in 14 league games, including scoring a brace against Watford at the weekend.
The Merseyside club will now host in-form Arsenal at Goodison Park on Tuesday night, before taking on rivals Liverpool on home soil on December 19.