Marco Silva will soon have to decide who he sees as the future right-back at Everton, but Jonjoe Kenney’s strong account for himself on the pitch should be strengthened by his comments to the Blues’ official club programme, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
The academy graduate has been speaking with the club’s match-day programme on the pressure that he had to come to terms with following his development from youth star to first-team regular, acting as Seamus Coleman’s understudy.
Had it not been for the 21-year-old’s impressive step up when the fan-favourite suffered the first of many injuries, the potential for Kenny to be the ready-made replacement for our long-time clear number one would never have come to the fore.
Silva is certainly in a position to switch between the two without it affecting results now, though, and Kenny’s claims should act as a statement of intent that he wants the first-choice slot going forward.
“We [academy graduates] have played with each other a long time and know what we can do,” said the 13-cap England U21 international.
“There is no point in going through the academy, then getting to the first-team and bottling it. You may as well have a go. If you don’t play well, it’s not the end of the world. You have to go again and play without pressure.
“I remember having a tough game against Tottenham [in January last year] and it was shown all over the telly. But there is another game, you have to crack on again. You have worked this hard to get to where you want to be, there is no point in shying away now. You just go out there and try to perform.”