Michael Keane already feels right at home in the Everton dressing room, less than two weeks after joining from Burnley.
The defender made his first appearance for the Blues in Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Gor Mahia in Tanzania.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a steady introduction, playing the second half alongside Muhamed Besic at centre-back.
The midweek trip to Dar es Salaam also saw Keane make his first community appearance for the Club, joining Besic and Tom Davies in visiting Albino United (click here to read more
Things could not have gone smoother for the England international as Everton gear up for the next stage of the pre-season schedule.
Keane and his teammates will be jetting off again on Monday, this time a much shorter trip to Holland and Belgium where Everton play their second and third summer friendlies against FC Twente on Wednesday and Genk on Saturday.
“I’ve settled in well,” Keane explained. “All the lads are really nice and the staff have welcomed me too. I knew a few of them previously with England, so it’s been good to get to know everyone away in Tanzania where you spend longer together.
“We’ve got Holland next week and I’m looking forward to that. So far it’s been great. Training has been good, the lads have all been good with me, so I can’t ask for much more.”
Upon signing for Everton on Monday 4 July, Keane referenced how he was relishing the opportunity to learn from and play under Ronald Koeman.
The defender says the Blues boss is already having a positive influence on his football education - even after just a fortnight.
“You can already see the authority he has got around the place, which is good,” he added. “He’s got all the experience of playing in my position, playing on the biggest stage for the biggest clubs in the world.
“He’s someone you can learn a lot from and I’ve seen that already. But I think next week when we go to Holland, we’ll talk more tactics and ways of playing.”