Paul Robinson has claimed Leeds United rising star Ben White is in the “same mould” as Everton mainstay Michael Keane.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds goalkeeper mentioned centre-back White’s name as he delivered his verdict on the England international.
Keane, 26, has had a mixed start to the campaign in which he has made some high prolife errors for club and country, and was dropped from the Everton side that drew 1-1 against Tottenham last Sunday.
But Robinson insisted he is a big admirer of his former Burnley teammate and is in no doubt about his ability.
“He’s not had the best of start to the season,” Robinson told Football Insider. “It’s hard when you’re a player who’s struggling for form and struggling for confidence when your team’s not playing well around you.
“I played with Michael Keane at Burnley, he came on loan to Blackburn as a youngster as well so I played a couple of times with him.
“He is very much in the same mould as Ben White at Leeds, very much that type of centre-half, comfortable with the ball at his feet.
“His positioning at times is questionable, he is very, very much a confidence player.
“His performances this year and the way that he’s cost England goals, it’s been uncharacteristic for him but he’s got that in his game.
“I think it’s the first time he’s ever really suffered criticism so for him to react to that and see his response to that is going to be the most important thing for him. I don’t doubt for one minute his ability at all.”
Keane has made 85 appearances for Everton since joining from Burnley in the summer of 2017 for a fee rising to a potential £30million.
White, who turned 22 last month, has had an outstanding start to the season for Leeds, where he has started all 15 Championship matches for the club since joining on a season-long loan from Brighton.
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