Even though reports suggest Everton is willing to let Schalke target Jonjoe Kenny leave, Ancelotti’s comments suggest he has faith in the Englishman.
Jonjoe Kenny, 23, spent last season on loan with Schalke 04 and the Bundesliga team would love to have him back on loan. However, according to Sport1, Everton have said Kenny is not available for loan, but is available for transfer at 16.7 million pounds.
Schalke manager David Wagner was impressed with Jonjoe Kenny and wanted to keep him, but admitted, he was out of Schalke’s price range. Wagner told Sky Sports:
He has done great for us since we signed him on loan. He’s a regular starter, he’s scored and given assists and he’s a great bloke as well. He’s highly respected in the dressing room and from our supporters. It looks like we won’t have the financial power to buy him and if Everton like to sell him then we are more or less chanceless.
It almost seems if Everton are trying to stop transfer interest in the home-grown right-back by slapping a high price on him. He is the only other right-back behind Seamus Coleman. Mason Holgate has also played there, but he is better suited as a centre-back and may well be out for six weeks with an injury, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has said he has faith in Jonjoe Kenny. Telling the Liverpool Echo,
Jonjoe is different, he knows the club, he’s a player I have a lot of confidence in.
By not taking the option to buy Djibril Sidibé from Monaco at the end of his loan, Ancelotti may well have signalled his trust in Kenny. The Englishman had a brilliant season in Germany and there’s a hope that he can replicate the solid performances in the Premier League.
Jonjoe Kenny has already made 40 Premier League appearances for Everton and showed what he is capable of as he scored Everton’s opening goal in the 2-0 preseason friendly victory against Preston.
Everton have made big changes in midfield, and Ancelotti may be unwilling to blend in additional defenders, especially as Everton have a busy start to the season with three games in the first six days.
Will Jonjoe Kenny be a regular starter this season?