Everton must sell Burnley target Jonjoe Kenny

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    Everton have no reason not to sell Jonjoe Kenny to Burnley immediately, after reports claimed that the right-back would be receptive to a move to another Premier League side during the January transfer window.

    What’s the word?

    According to Lancs Live, Kenny is open to the prospect of leaving Goodison Park this month to take the next step of his career, having failed to cement a first-team role under Carlo Ancelotti since his return from a season-long loan spell with FC Schalke 04, where he was praised by former boss David Wagner for being “very brave” in a Bundesliga environment that can prey on the weak.

    Kenny is a wanted man at Turf Moor, where he fits the profile of player who the Clarets are keen to recruit this month, as Sean Dyche prepares for the potential exits of Matt Lowton and Phil Bardsley, with both out of contract in the summer.

    Should Everton have sold Kenny last summer?

    Yes, he’s not good enough

    No, he deserved his chance

    No, he deserved his chance

    Burnley are believed to see Kenny as a potential long-term option to fill the right-back spot in Dyche’s plans going forward, after watching the former England U21 international seemingly fall to fifth-choice at Everton, having played just 77 minutes of Premier League football this season.

    Ancelotti has, at times, even favoured midfielders Alex Iwobi and Tom Davies at full-back when he was without Seamus Coleman following the Blues captain’s hamstring injury, before turning to Mason Holgate to play five of his eight Premier League appearances in the role.

    Everton are said to value Kenny, who started his sole top-flight fixture of the campaign in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United in November, at £7m but a loan exit for the 23-year-old is considered the more likely outcome during the January window.

    Time to go

    Kenny allegedly being open to leaving Goodison Park for another Premier League side in the winter market should act as the signal for Everton chiefs to secure the £15,000-per-week youngster a permanent move away, with his current contract due to expire at the end of next season.

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    Ancelotti has shown that he does not rate Kenny highly, if at all, through his relentless preference to name alternative options at right-back this term, while omitting the 23-year-old from six matchday squads across all competitions since he returned from an ankle injury sustained in September’s Carabao Cup win over West Ham.

    Kenny’s efforts in his sole start of the season against Newcastle also left an underwhelming image, having been hauled off with a quarter of an hour still to play after recording the fifth-lowest match rating by a Blues player from SofaScore at 6.8.

    He was rated so poorly in that game thanks an offering of just two successful tackles and one clearance, while failing to find a teammate with five of his six attempted crosses, turning over possession 13 times and never even attempting to bring play forward with a dribble.

    Iwobi, Davies and Holgate have all appeared stronger in some regards than Kenny in their outings at right-back this term, with the Toffees product offering the joint-least successful tackles per game (2.0) and from the least attempts (2.0), per WhoScored.

    Failing to offer any interceptions at St. James’ Park or in his subsequent cameo appearances also sees Kenny rank last for times Everton right-backs have broken up play in top-flight games, with Davies (4.0) top ahead of Holgate (1.6) and Iwobi (1.5).

    The same goes for clearances ,with only Davies offering fewer than Kenny (1.0).

    Even in Germany, Kenny did not thrive entirely, having offered an average just 1.4 successful tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 2.4 clearances a game over his 31 league outings, which would suggest his time at Goodison Park should have been over last summer by the efforts of his positional rivals this season.

    He’s clearly not in Ancelotti’s plans, so now should be the time to cut ties and let him flourish elsewhere.

    AND in other news, Everton must refrain from making a knee-jerk decision to sign a £9m-rated target.

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