‘I am confident we will come back stronger’: Michael Keane insists Everton have to improve on their lacklustre eighth-place finish

  • Michael Keane insists Everton have to improve on their eighth-place finish
  • The defender is adamant the club cannot have a repeat of the start of this season
  • ‘We have to put in the work in pre-season and come back stronger,’ Keane said  
  • The Toffees finished one place and 12 points worse off than a year ago 

Carl Markham, Press Association Sport

Michael Keane admits Everton’s players have to prove they are a better team than the one which finished the Premier League in eighth place.

Defeat at West Ham on the final day of the campaign saw the Toffees finish with 49 points, one place and 12 points worse off than a year ago.

However, in terms of points they were closer to the bottom three (16) than they were to the top four (26).

Everton defender Michael Keane insists they have to improve on their eighth-place finish

Everton defender Michael Keane insists they have to improve on their eighth-place finish

Uncertainty surrounds the future of manager Sam Allardyce after just six months in the job

Uncertainty surrounds the future of manager Sam Allardyce after just six months in the job

Uncertainty surrounds the future of manager Sam Allardyce after just six months in the job

With uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Sam Allardyce after just six months in the job – the 63-year-old is scheduled to have a meeting with major shareholder Farhad Moshiri this week – it could be another summer of change for Everton.

Irrespective of what happens to Allardyce, Keane insists the players have to make sure there is no repeat of the early-season problems under Ronald Koeman that saw them at one point look like they could be heading for a relegation battle.

‘I would not say we are happy, because the expectation at the start of the season was to be better than we have been,’ the defender told the club’s official website.

Defeat at West Ham on the final day of the campaign saw the Toffees finish with 49 points

Defeat at West Ham on the final day of the campaign saw the Toffees finish with 49 points

Defeat at West Ham on the final day of the campaign saw the Toffees finish with 49 points

‘We got ourselves away from trouble after it looked at one point like we were in a fight.

‘That was pleasing but I do not think we can be happy with how the season has gone as a whole and where we finished.

‘We have to build something stronger as a team for next season. We have to put in the work in pre-season and I am confident we will come back stronger next year, individually and as a team.

‘But it is all right saying that, we know we have to go and work and prove it for next year.’

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