Everton Ace

Full Name: Michael Vincent Keane

Birthdate: January 11, 1993

Place of Birth: England

Football Club (Currently): Everton

Position(s): Defender

Playing Years: 2011 to present

Formative Years and Football Career:

Michael Keane first played for South Manchester before joining Manchester United as the club’s academy scholar in 2009. Keane, along with his twin brother, had been training with United since the early age of 11. He signed his first professional contract with Manchester United on his 18th birthday in 2011, making his first-team debut in the League Cup a few months later.  In 2012, he played in a first-team match for the first time against Newcastle United in the League Cup, playing as a centre-back. His performance earned him the award for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year.

During his stay at United, he joined a few clubs on a loan deal. He joined Leicester City for a one season loan, even playing for Leicester during the FA Cup in 2013. The following year, he joined Derby County, playing for the team in another FA Cup.

Keane was also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland national team because of his Irish ancestry and despite being born in England. He represented Ireland at the Under-17 and Under-19 levels, but conveyed his interest to represent England in the Under-19 team and hoped to be part of the squad in a scrimmage with Czech Republic in February 2012. He made his debut for England’s U19 team in May of the same year, winning a spectacular 5-0 against Slovenia during which his twin brother scored two times.

He eventually became part of former head coach Noel Blake’s roster for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, then later securing the team’s progress in the semi-finals. The following year, the young defender made his debut for the England Under-21 team, substituting for Andre Wisdom in the 77th minute during a 4-0 triumph against Austria.

In October 2016, Keane was called into the full England roster as a replacement for the injured Glen Johnson to compete in the 2018 World Cup qualifying fixtures against Malta and Slovenia. He made his debut for the senior team, playing the full 90 minutes in a scrimmage against Germany.

Burnley

In September 2014, Keane completed a loan transfer to Burnley January 2015, making his debut for the club against Leicester City. The loan was made permanent with Keane signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with Burnley. He began his first season at Burnley, netting two goals in the opening month of the campaign. He ended the season with five goals in total, his last goal coming from a top-of-the-table clash against Middlesbrough. He was also among the players nominated in the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Everton

In July 2017, Michael Keane signed with Premier League club Everton on a five-year deal, making his debut the next month in a match against Stoke City. As his time in Everton progressed, he has risen to the top of the table in his position. In August, during a league fixture against AFC Bournemouth, he suffered from a hairline fracture to his skull that left him sidelined for a while. Despite missing games to his injury, he still has a goal, two assists, and 14 shots in seven games, proving that he really is one of the players that will eventually rise to the top.

By @EliaasMJ

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