Everton centre-back Michael Keane has “turned it around” this season, according to Darren Bent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham, Aston Villa and Sunderland striker’s assessment came after Keane’s match-winning header sent Everton 4th with victory over Wolves on 12 January.
Kean was impressive throughout, winning two out of three defensive duels and finishing the night with a sensational 98% pass accuracy (Wyscout).
The 28-year-old is a fully-fledged international with 12 England caps to his name — yet there have been times throughout his Everton career in which he has struggled.
Bent likened him to fellow England centre-half John Stones in this respect and observed how the two of them have turned things around this season.
He told Football Insider: “He was struggling for form badly at one stage.
“But he’s managed to turn it around, and you’ve got to say fair play to him.
“To John Stones at Manchester City too. They were both so low and we thought there was pretty much no way back for either of them. So you have to say well done to them.”
Keane may well have been spurred on by the £25m summer arrival of fellow centre-back Ben Godfrey.
However, Godfrey has filled in at left-back for much of the season following Lucas Digne’s injury and there has typically been room for him, Keane and Yerry Mina in the Everton backline.