EbeneInfo – AU – Jonjoe Kenny sets the record straight on Everton transfer decision


Jonjoe Kenny spent last season on loan at Schalke to show he was ready for more playing time at Everton

Jonjoe Kenny was loaned to Schalke to prove a point – but he has to start all over now that he’s back at Everton

The 23-year-old right-back spent last season on loan with the Bundesliga side and « loved every moment » as he played 34 times in Germany

So far this quarter, injury and row with Seamus Coleman has limited him to just four appearances In Coleman’s absence, he is expected to start against Fulham later today

And it will be at Craven Cottage where he hopes to convince Carlo Ancelotti to stay with him

Before the pandemic, Schalke was keen to keep Kenny for a second season on loan, but Kirkdale defender says he was not told of any interest from the clubs this summer

Kenny took the opportunity to spend the campaign in Europe to show himself and others that he was ready for regular first team football and he returned to Goodison with Coleman in place as first choice of Ancelotti

Everton were ready to listen to offers for the academy graduate this summer – and it was no secret they were talking about the possibility of signing Santiago Arias or Diogo Dalot if Kenny was sold – but the Blue child made it clear that he wanted to fight for his place

« No, it was just the decision he was making, it was what he wanted to do for the game, which was perfect for the game, » Kenny says

« Seamus and I get along really great on and off the pitch, it’s a great relationship we have, although we fought for the same place it doesn’t separate us

« When I played he really helped me and hopefully vice versa when he does We have discussions, we talk to each other about how the game is going In this department it is is just the one who plays, plays and the relationship has been great « 

Southampton and West Ham have been suggested to show interest in Kenny during the transfer window, but the former England youth international insists he hasn’t said anything concrete

« I enjoyed the spell on loan with Schalke and came back here and wanted to put my head down and work as hard as possible to try and perform to the best of my ability »

After loans at Wigan and Oxford, as well as a few seasons in and out of the first team at Everton, the full-back wanted the platform to show he was ready to play every week

« This is exactly why I went there to prove to everyone, but also to myself, that I could go and do it, » he said

« I loved every moment of being there and being an integral part of the team, playing week after week and getting the buzz of being a core member of the team

« I still want that feeling so I have to keep doing what I can and controlling what I can control and it’s just taking care of myself and making sure I’m giving the best Jonjoe Kenny that I can every day « 

In addition to facing his former teammate Ademola Lookman at Craven Cottage today, Kenny will face his good friend Antonee Robinson

Third pick in the left-back line at Everton, the academy product seized the opportunity to move to the Wigan Athletic Championship side in the summer of 2019 and, after missing a stint at AC Milan in January, signed for the newly promoted Fulham at the end of August

Kenny and Robinson were part of a talented generation of players who went through the Blues system and won both Under-18 and Under-23 league titles

Tom Davies is still in Everton’s first team with Kenny, but a number of others, including Robinson, have left the club to relaunch their careers

« I’ve been with Jedi [Robinson’s nickname] for 10 or 11 years We went through all the teams together, the youth teams then the reserves and we’ve been together for a long time

« It’s great to see how good he has become It was in January when he narrowly missed his stint at AC Milan I watched him when he was at Wigan and his athleticism he was going up and down the pitch and he fully deserved his return to the Premier League »

« Joe (Williams) and Walshy (Liam Walsh) play Bristol and you can go on and on The guys play football in the leagues and it’s great for the club okay they don’t have everything to made successful here but they went out and made a living elsewhere and are doing great

« It’s good to see all the guys playing because they fully deserve it given their talent. Stay in there and don’t be afraid to go out and play and eventually move up in the leagues »

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Still, Kenny still hopes to be part of the squad that doesn’t need to leave the club for good – starting today against Fulham

The defender only spoke to Ancelotti for the first time when the players returned to preseason training in August, but said his conversation had to be on the pitch

« Of course I was excited It’s Carlo Ancelotti – what he won in the game, who he managed, » he said

« It got everyone excited not just the Everton fans that the Premier League got him back He’s someone I can learn from what he did in the game and I had can’t wait to come back and do it

« So it was really exciting to see that he was a manager of Everton, not only as a player but as a fan, that Everton had a manager like Carlo Ancelotti

He finished: « I spoke to him when I got back and just wanted to show him what I could do and take my chance if I had one »

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EbeneInfo – AU – Jonjoe Kenny sets the record straight on Everton transfer decision

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