Date: 20th October 2016 at 12:28pm
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Michael Keane was of course with Burnley during the previous spell in the Premier League but this return has benefited him too with him form gaining him a first England call up earlier this month.

He’s matured as a player since that previous topflight experience and over the time Sean Dyche has worked with the defender since he arrived from Manchester United, with the boss quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph as saying.

‘I think he`s maturing nicely and has done ever since we`ve had him. He has an assured manner and that`s getting better. His toughness as a competitor is definitely improving. He can definitely play and he`s a very good athlete. There`s a very nice combination there.’


‘Playing in the Premier League adds to the mental strength of a player, walking out to packed houses, TV matches, the levels of scrutiny. Even the public awareness – people recognise these players more easily than they will have done for the last couple of years.’

It was being reported the 23-year-old was going to be called into the Gareth Southgate’s original squad but that didn’t happen until an injury withdraw saw the 16-times capped former England U21 called in.

Keane didn’t win a cap but such a call up would have also benefited him and set him up to further benefit if/when he’s called up again.

‘It`s about the group and environment there, the difference in levels, the top players, training at that level and getting a feel for what it is. I was really, really pleased that Gareth called him up to give him a look at it. The next time who knows, but at least he`s had a feel of it because think he is a player who can progress and play top level international football.’

Dyche went onto talk about his contract situation at Burnley, having turned down a new four-year contract in the summer he’ll move into the final year of his deal with the Clarets in the summer when a decision will have to be made.

He’s looking to make sure Keane does a job for us for the remainder of the season and then we’ll deal with his future then, which could well mean he moves on rather than us risking losing him on a free?

But that’s for another day.

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