Carlo Ancelotti is enjoying a bright start to life at Everton and will have a lot of difficult decisions to make on his playing squad over the summer. At right-back in particular, Ancelotti could have Djibril Sidibe, Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenny to choose from next season. But who should he pick?
Sidibe is Everton’s first-choice right-back as things stand, having made 20 appearances in all competitions this season. Everton have the option to sign the 27-year-old for £12.8m and could trigger his release clause as he’s impressed on Merseyside.
Kenny has impressed on loan at Schalke 04 this season and could return to Goodison Park to fight for a starting place. Schalke wanted to sign the 22-year-old permanently in January, but no deal materialised.
Everton didn’t include a buying option when loaning Kenny out last summer, so it’s clear they rate him highly.
Coleman has struggled for consistent playing time under Marco Silva, Duncan Ferguson and Ancelotti and may have an uncertain future. The 31-year-old has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season, but he’s only started four Premier League games since early October.
He’s no longer Everton’s first-choice right-back and may be deemed surplus to requirements if Kenny re-joins the first-team and Sidibe is signed permanently. His 11 years of service to Everton may spare him from the axe, but it remains to be seen if he’s content with a subsidiary role in 2020/21.