EVERTON boss Marco Silva says Michael Keane is ‘not the same’ players he was when he took charge at the club.
He said: “He is not the same Michael that I saw during the pre-season and the first match as well.
“It’s normal, he is improving, knowing better our ideas and our defensive processes as a team. He is growing with the team.
“Really Michael is what we are seeing now and I think he can keep improving, because he has conditions to improve.”
Keane has been playing alongside the on-loan Kurt Zouma in central defence as Everton have won four of their last five Premier League games.
Zouma is ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea this weekend meaning Silva could hand Yerry Mina his first Everton start alongside Keane.
The Brazil international rolled his ankle early in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Brighton but played the full duration and scored twice.
Silva said: “He didn’t do the whole session today. We will see tomorrow. We have one more session. [He is] still in doubt for the match.