64 passes, 5 aerials won: 28-year-old Everton star put on a great display despite Burnley defeat

Brian Heffernan March 14, 2021
64 passes, 5 aerials won: 28-year-old Everton star put on a great display despite Burnley defeat
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Michael Keane performed well for Everton despite his side losing 2-1 to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

Chris Wood opened the scoring for Burnley getting the first goal of the match in just 13 minutes.

Wood was shortly followed up by his teammate Dwight McNeil, who scored in the 25th minute.

The Toffees did hit back with their own goal, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring just seven minutes after McNeil.

But this wasn’t enough to earn Everton any points against Burnley and the match finished 2-1.

One player that stood out was Michael Keane, with the 28-year-old busy working hard in defence.

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Keane – more completed passes than any other player

One of the main standout traits was Keane’s aerial ability, with the Englishman winning five aerial duels in the match.

Which is the second-most, only being beaten by his teammate Lucas Digne.

However, Keane did have more completed passes than any other player in the game.

The 28-year-old completed 64 passes, three more than Ben Godfrey who had the second-most with 61 passes.

Keane also had two shots, but neither of them could manage to hit the target.

Everton faces Manchester City next, which is notoriously a tough fixture for the Toffees.

City have won all of the last six meetings between the sides and with Everton not in great form, this looks like a tough match to win for Carlo Ancelotti.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.