By Richard Parks
Everton fans took to Twitter to destroy Michael Keane for his performance in their team’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
Defender Keane was named in the starting XI against the club he left in a £30million transfer last summer as he partnered Ashley Williams at centre-back.
But it was an afternoon to forget for the Manchester United academy product, 25, as he delivered a dreadful display in the live televised clash.
Cenk Tosun had put the visitors in front on 20 minutes with his first Everton goal, heading past Burnley keeper Nick Pope from Seamus Coleman’s neat flick.
The Clarets responded superbly, forcing Jordan Pickford into three excellent saves before Ashley Barnes equalised by converting Matthew Lowton’s immaculate through ball from deep.
A dreadful second half from Everton was summed up on 80 minutes when substitute Chris Wood took advantage of woeful defending to head in the winner from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s corner.
A section of the Everton support were thunderous in their criticism of Keane, claiming he is “robbing a living” and must “go before next week”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Williams and Keane robbing a living. Run ragged by a championship striker all game #EFC
— kristian gavin (@krisgavin) March 3, 2018
Ashley Williams shouldn’t play for Everton again. And Keane looks shot. Why has Holgate been dropped? Why was Williams captain ahead of Coleman? Why are there new questions every week? #EFC
— The Street End 1878 (@TheStreetEnd) March 3, 2018
This season just goes from bad to worse. We’re an awful side. Other teams must be jumping for joy when they’ve got us next. Williams and Keane are shocking defenders. The sooner they and Allardyce are gone the better. #efc
— Roy Leatham (@RoyLeatham) March 3, 2018
— Lee W (@EvertonLifes) March 3, 2018
— SB (@sbefc2601) March 3, 2018
Fat Sam out now and take Williams, Martina, Keane, Schneiderlin with you #EFC
— Barry Murphy (@BJM1671) March 3, 2018
Michael Keane looks bewildered in every game I’ve seen him in. #EFC
— Fergal (@talentedfergal) March 3, 2018
Seeing ex Burnley Skipper Michael Keane play upfront against his former club as his new side search for a equaliser, is the low point of my time as an Everton supporter #EFC
— Local Stuntman (@SCOA22) March 3, 2018