33 goals scored after 34 matches played, which averages less than one goal a game, Burnley is still above the relegation zone at 16th place and they have their defence to thank for.
Outstanding performance from Michael Keane and also his teammate Tom Heaton has helped Burnley to only concede 49 goals so far. That is less goals conceded than all the bottom half teams, with 19th placed Middlesbrough an exception.
Only missing one game so far this season, he is considered to be a very durable defender which many teams would like to have. Manchester United is particularly interested in him as he fits the bill to fill the gap in United’s sometimes wobbly defence. They let him go on the cheap (believed to be around £3m) to Burnley permanently in January 2015 after being there on loan for 6 months. Now United has only Eric Bailly in central defence since Smalling and Jones are long terms absentees due to injuries.
Other than Manchester United, there are also rumours about Everton, Liverpool and even Manchester City being interested in signing him. The Toffees require an established central defender to replace the aging Jagielka and Williams. Keane will be the perfect candidate to partner upcoming potentials in Mason Holgate and Matthew Pennington. However, Koeman may not continue to pursue Keane if the big boys are to get involved in a bidding war for him.
Liverpool’s defence is in need for a quick fix. Having one of the worst defence in the top half, Keane would be a great boost for the team. Lovren, Klavan and Matip are not bad defenders but some suspect defending lost them games they were expected to win.
It will be interesting to see where Keane will go at the end of the season or maybe even staying in Burnley for another season as Sean Dyche is unwilling to let him go on the cheap, with his contract having 12 months remaining.