Some Everton supporters on the Grand Old Team forum have been discussing what the future holds for Jonjoe Kenny, after the Daily Mail claimed Burnley were willing to rival Crystal Palace for the young right-back.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche had been keen to take the 5 ft 7 defender in the winter but saw his offer rejected by the Toffees.
Kenny only made five appearances in the Premier League since the turn of the year, however, and was left out of Marco Silva’s matchday squad eight times, who also favoured Chelsea-owned centre-back Kurt Zouma for the role on the final day at Tottenham Hotspur.
Silva is also intent on adding a new, young right-back to our squad this summer who will be able to rival and one day replace Seamus Coleman, but the position is not currently a priority for the Portuguese or Director of Football Marcel Brands.
Either way, it is thought the Toffees chiefs will hold talks with Kenny to discuss potentially sending the £4.5million-rated right-back out on loan for the season, which would be good news for Dyche, as Football Insider have also claimed the Clarets have made an approach to sign the England U21 international if he is available.
A move to Turf Moor would be relatively good for Kenny, as he would only be up against the likes of Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton for the position, who shared duties in the recently concluded campaign.
As for going down to London and joining Crystal Palace, that would only be a worthwhile venture if the Eagles cash in on reported Everton target Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is attracting eager attention from Old Trafford with Manchester United expected to have to pay £50million.
For Kenny, though, here’s how some Everton supporters on the Grand Old Team forum reacted to the emerging interest…
“I’d actually loan him to a promoted team. He seems to be dialling it back psychologically in the Premier League because he looked a much more aggressive wing-back for England & our U23s.
“The loans to league 1 and two he’s had aren’t going to help him break through that mental wall.” – Sy (May 22, 08:34)
“Get rid of Kenny and bring in Kenny Lala instead.” – RomanReigns (May 22, 08:40)
“Playing for Burnley for the season will do both him and us the world of good.
“Consistent game time at PL Level, we’ll get to see week in week out what he’s like with Premier League football. If we don’t fancy him after that, but he has, in a way proved himself, we can get a bit of coin for him. Win Win.” – MartSlinger (May 22, 09:13)
“Needs a baptism of fire this kid. I’d loan him to a lower half team and if he impresses keep.” – Westend Blue (May 22, 09:14)
“Could deffo do with a loan to a Prem club, I think he’s good enough to get a good run. Could do what Coleman did at Blackpool and come back a better player.” – EvertonArentWe (May 22, 09:31)
“I think with Kenny that he’s certainly good enough to have a Premier League career, but it’s going to be very difficult for him to achieve that here.
“He’s a good defender, tenacious and has a decent delivery on him, but the modern full-back is dynamic and can progress the ball – that isn’t really in JJK’s game.
“He reminds me a bit of Tony Hibbert in some ways, which is not intended as any kind of slur. I just don’t think he’s ever going to be enough of an attacking threat to claim that spot in our side himself. He also needs to play games.” – ToffeeBlue9 (May 22, 09:47)
“This is the type of loan that will make or break JJK. I think he will do OK and hope he has enough about him to return and benefit us. Either way, we could make a few bob on him, bring him back or dump him. Currently, he is not the standard we aspire to so great move for him and us.” – Banno (May 22, 09:55)
“Someone like Bournemouth would be absolutely perfect for him.” – ToffeeBlue9 (May 22, 09:55)
“He’s played enough to show he has severe limitations and that he could, at best, be a slightly improved version of Hibbert. And let’s face it, that’s not good enough. But he’s young, may improve and may add a few more strings to his bow. Get him out on loan and see what happens. Can’t hurt us.” – Big Fat Sam (May 22, 10:48)
“I’m 99% sure that this boy isn’t good enough for Everton. However, for the sake of the 1% doubt in my mind, a season loan is best to a Premier League club where he can play on a regular basis is the right move.” – Toffee-L (May 22, 14:03)