Michael Keane set to be bombed out at Everton - 'Frank Lampard's had enough', says pundit
Noel Whelan has claimed getting rid of Michael Keane in January would free up “some equity and some wages” which can be used to fund new additions at Everton.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted getting rid of “dead wood” like the 29-year-old could “galvanise” Frank Lampard’s squad in the second part of the 2022-23 campaign.
According to the Daily Mail (6 November), Keane is set to leave Goodison Park on loan in January after Everton turned down permanent offers from West Ham and Nottingham Forest during the summer window.
The 12-time England international has been frozen out of the Toffees lineup this term after the arrivals of impressive duo James Tarkowski and Conor Coady.
Keane has played just 22 minutes in the Premier League after turning out 38 times across all competitions last season.
His poor performances and mistakes were a contributing factor to Everton’s close brush with relegation.
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Whelan claimed Lampard has now had ample opportunity to assess his squad after arriving in January.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Frank Lampard’s had enough time now to look at players like Keane and know what he wants with him.
“The January window is a better time to get players out than to bring players in, but if you’re Everton – you can’t do one without the other.
“They need to get players out and free up some equity and some wages that can be used elsewhere.
“Lampard will want someone who actually improves the squad, someone who can lift the team – that’s what new signings do.
“Getting rid of the dead wood and tightening up that squad can sometimes really galvanise a team.”