Paul Robinson has revealed that his former teammate Michael Keane is a “confidence player” after the Everton defender signed a new long-term deal at Goodison Park.

The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 27-year-old struggles with criticism but is a “fantastic centre-half” when at his confident best.

The club announced on Sunday that the England international had put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, 24 hours after the news was exclusively revealed by Football Insider.

Keane made 34 appearances for the Toffees last season and played every minute of ‘Project Restart’ and earned multiple man of the match awards along the way.

Robinson, who played with the English defender while at Ewood Park and Turf Moor, said that Keane needs to be man managed by Carlo Ancelotti.

“Michael and I were together at Burnley and at Blackburn, he came on loan from Manchester United, and he has grown into a good centre-half,” he told Football Insider.

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“He is a confidence player. When he is confident he plays very well and he needs a man manager to look after him. If he is managed in the right way he will showcase his top ability.

“He has been inconsistent and has struggled with a lack of form at times. When he is criticised he struggles but when he is at the top of his game he is a fantastic centre-half.”

Speaking to the club’s media, Keane said: “I have loved my three years at Everton and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

“I am learning every day on the training pitch with the manager and all his staff. They have been brilliant… The manager is one of the best there has been.”

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