Everton head coach Sean Dyche has backed Michael Keane to show his best form during the remainder of the season.
The veteran defender has been a regular under Dyche for the Toffees this season.
While Frank Lampard preferred Conor Coady in defence, Dyche has relied on Keane alongside James Tarkowski for most games.
Of Keane, he said, per the Liverpool Echo: “I think he’s done really well over the time I’ve been here. The question mark has been there before about certain players, Seamus [Coleman] told me he went through it as well. It is an interesting dynamic for me because I’m new to it.
“When the team is not going as well everyone out of the team is better than the ones in it. Then you put them in and the other person is better. It’s just part of football management but you need a team combination that can work. That’s what we are looking to do every week.
“We’ve had to change it at times, for example with Douc [Doucoure]. Injuries can change it and of course form can change it. It’s finding the right mixture and keeping the consistency of it. Everyone here is a very good player on any given day. It is about finding that way of playing where everyone can link, get the demand and the performance level. It’s about the group dynamic. It’s not about one player.”