Cape Town - Everton
defender Michael Keane has praised the impact manager Ronald Koeman has
had on his game since signing for the Toffees from Burnley.
The 24-year-old centre-back joined Koeman's side early in the
transfer window for a fee of £25million that could rise to £30m, and
says he has already learnt a lot from the Dutch tactician.
Keane has revealed that his time at the Clarets was spent exclusively
on defending, while Koeman has been working on adding to his ability to
play out from the back.
"At Burnley, it was all about defending, which I loved, and I
improved a lot when I was there, but it's just a different style of
play," said Keane, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"You've still got to do that at Everton, it's the basics of being a
defender, but you also have to play out from the back a bit more.
"Ronald is trying to bring that out of my game and develop me in that
sense. He was more of a ball player and scored a lot of goals.
"He won't talk to me every day but when he does, he's got a lot of authority and you take it, you listen.
"Every now and again, he'll pull me into his office, show me a few clips of what he likes his centre-halves to do.
"That's all I can ask for, it's one of the reasons I went there,
because he played at the top level. He's got a lot of experience and
hopefully he can keep passing that on."