Report: Kenny would favour a further year in Germany

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020 35comments  |  Jump to last

Jonjoe Kenny says that he would prefer to spend another season on loan at Schalke rather than return to Everton at the end of the current campaign.

That's according to a report in German newspaper, Bild which claims that there is a mutual desire on behalf of the fullback and the Bundesliga club to extend his stay by at least another season.

There are no supporting quotes from Kenny himself but Schalke's sporting director, Jochen Schneider, said:

“He's had a great season so far. He … suits Schalke as a player.”

The current COVID-19 crisis means that together with all plans for completing this season, the summer transfer window is on hold so no concrete plans can be made regarding any of Everton's players.

It is not clear what Kenny's prospects would be like at Goodison Park next season. Seamus Coleman will be approaching his 31st birthday but remains a first-team regular and it's possible that Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti will elect to make Djibril Sidibé's season-long loan a permanent transfer.


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Dave Evans
1 Posted 01/04/2020 at 08:00:15
Health wise, seems the best place for him at the moment.

But when we return, all our promising youngsters should be here. A solid, high-morale unit. Ready to step up and ready to play.

Jason Broome
2 Posted 01/04/2020 at 08:04:04
Can he be guaranteed a start here? Wise decision in my opinion. He is gaining confidence and experience playing first-team football which will make him more mature and competitive upon his return.

Brian Williams
3 Posted 01/04/2020 at 08:54:55
Bring him back as he could be our first-choice right-back, with Seamus as back-up. Save 㾹M by not buying Sidibé and use the money elsewhere.
Hugh Jenkins
4 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:03:05
I see on the BBC site that we ar being linked with "huge" summer bids for Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

I'm Welsh and I love these guys when they play for Wales - but I sincerely hope this isn't true as they are not what Everton needs right now.

With regard to Kenny, Brands and Ancelotti will decide if it's right for him to stay in Germany for a further year, or come home.

We, as fans, have to believe that, whatever they decide, it is the right course, at the right time.

Otherwise, we are, once again, a rudderless ship.

Mark Andersson
5 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:09:30
Hugh: Take no notice of the media and their links to every player.

As for Kenny, if he's good enough for the first team, Carlo will want him back. If not, then he may well get a contract extension or be sold.

Derek Thomas
6 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:10:21
Absence makes the heart grow fonder – of somebody else. But that can work both ways.
Sam Hoare
7 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:20:10
Kenny has been okay at Schalke but, after a very promising start, his performances since have been quite up and down.

He works hard and puts some decent crosses in though his overall pass completion of 74% suggests he can be quite profligate with the ball (Coleman and Sidibé have around 78-79%). His tackling is about average (similar number to Coleman but much less than the more aggressive Sidibé) and he gets dribbled past more than Coleman and less than Sidibé. He rarely beats a man himself.

In all honesty, I don't think any of these right-backs are good enough for a team with Champions League aspirations.

Sidibé is good on the ball but, despite his high number of tackles, is caught out of position too frequently and is dribbled past a lot.

Coleman is mostly solid but has lost a bit of his dynamism, as shown by recording just one assist and no goals this season.

Kenny is solid but not spectacular in any field. He's not the quickest or best with the ball and though his crossing is decent would not provide enough in a system that expects width and creativity from full backs.

I think we need better. Though I don't think that will be rectified this summer as there are other priorities. Unless Schalke make a good offer for Kenny, in which case, perhaps we can use that money towards someone like Aarons; Dest, Maehle, Atal and Aina all look like interesting, dynamic options.

Matty Cash could be cheaper and has been one of the best right-backs in the Championship this year. Jeremie Frimpong at Celtic also looks an interesting prospect; absolutely rapid and although he's not played a lot of games he could be one to get early before his price rises.

Ray Roche
8 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:26:43
Bale and Ramsey?

Have you seen the date?

Bob Parrington
9 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:26:44
Jason @2 I go with you on this. The young lad clearly has a good brain, too!

IMO he needs time to develop. He might well turn out to be a star right-back but he's looked not quite that good to date. Another year will give him a chance for further development and, in this currently disturbing environment, why would he want to change back?

Ray Robinson
10 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:31:25
I wonder how many potential transfers will be shelved to save money as a result of the pandemic? Irrespective of who is the better player, it could be that Kenny returns and we don't buy Sidibe – just to conserve cash.

Maybe next season, young homegrown players up and down the land will get a better opportunity. It's possibly the end of the mega-bucks transfer?

Clive Rogers
11 Posted 01/04/2020 at 09:52:46
I would say it is time to make his loan permanent if that is how he feels. His defending has been dodgy at times. Sidibé is not good enough, so a right-back needs to be brought in.

Bale and Ramsey are in the wrong age group for big money. We have caught a cold several times with players of this age.

Jerome Shields
12 Posted 01/04/2020 at 10:28:51
Sam #7,

I got the impression a decision had already been taken regarding Kenny. He was sent to the German League to try to impress. In the circumstances, Everton might be glad that Schalke allegedly want him for another year.

Your assessment of both Coleman and Sidibé is interesting and is reflected in their play. What Everton will do regarding Sidibé at the end of this season was already up in the air, and is further up in the air now. The weakness of getting caught out of position is a big one. There was an article on ToffeeWeb highlighting deficiencies of the depth available in defence which was right. But there are also deficiencies in midfield and attack.

It could be another season, Sam, of analysing deficiencies and complaining about deadwood. Maybe there are some prospects in the Academy. It is my opinion that Ancelotti is establishing more control in this area, for a reason.

I have been researching Finch Farm and because I am not local have had difficulty getting beyond what seems a reasonable structure. The problem is that names kept cropping up that are not on the official structure and an old player network that seems to have influence.

The recent belated announcement of Ancelotti's backroom team and structure points to an attempt by Ancelotti to establish control. The overall impression is that Everton did have an extensive structure pre-Ancelotti. . . it may even be said, built on remnants of the School of Science. The problem appears to be that an overall objective was lost in its extensiveness. Ancelotti appears to be trying to address this.

I need Steve Ferns to proofread my draft.

Tony Everan
13 Posted 01/04/2020 at 10:51:23
Bale / Ramsey on massive wages, would want massive contracts, have no resale value. Real and Juve are looking to trim their wage bills by getting these whale-sized pay packets off their books in this new economic era. Everton are not the soft touches they once were, and probably can't afford to be either, especially with FFP, so they won't be coming here.

With regards Jonjoe Kenny, I understand the stats and can see his limitations. I think he can and will improve on them. What I like about Jonjoe is his infectious enthusiasm and desire. It rouses the crowd and his teammates. I think Jonjoe offers something on top of the stats and he needs to be given a big chance to make the right-back slot his own. With Seamus serving one more season as backup.

Dave Williams
14 Posted 01/04/2020 at 11:19:47
Speaking of Steve Ferns, is he okay? I've not seen him post for a while?

Are you okay, Steve??

Martin Berry
15 Posted 01/04/2020 at 12:03:38
I hope Jonjoe continues his learning at Schalke, he is still very young and there is plenty of time for him before returning to Everton.

Good luck to the lad and his career, wherever it takes him.

Bob Parrington
16 Posted 01/04/2020 at 12:12:34
Any talk of Everton being interested in signing Gareth Bale and/or Aaron Ramsey must be treated with disdain. Absolute media crap in the void of Covid-19.

Eric Paul
17 Posted 01/04/2020 at 12:19:09
Have the Bale & Ramsey stories just been reported this morning!!!
Clive Rogers
18 Posted 01/04/2020 at 12:41:16
Kenny is 23 which is not really that young nowadays. Another loan year and he would be 24 coming back, which is a little old to be pushing for a first-team place.
Jay Wood

19 Posted 01/04/2020 at 13:30:36
A bit tenuous this one isn't it?

The headline makes a very bold statement, and the report, lifted from Bild, goes on to point out that there are no direct quotes from Kenny stating the same.

Even the quote from Schalke's sporting director stops well short of supporting the headline.

At the age Kenny is, he needs to be back at Everton next season competing for a 1st-team place, or sold.

He has been a 1st-team pick all season in one of Europe's most competitive leagues. He has clearly embraced the opportunity and adapted well.

Further evidence of this is he features as the latest Everton player put up to offer a language lesson, in German. Plenty of our overseas players still haven't gone beyond very basic English, so praise to him:


A very decent German pronunciation, I thought.

Alan McKie
20 Posted 01/04/2020 at 14:34:34
It seems to me any transfers in or out would be a bit of a lottery in these uncertain times. Who knows how the next 3-6 months will pan out?

A player's worth and wages could be slashed dramatically, especially when some clubs could be financially compromised. We are entering uncharted waters.

Robert Tressell
21 Posted 01/04/2020 at 15:09:05
Sam Hoare. You're right on all the stats and the list of (potentially) better options.

The one thing with Kenny that doesn't come through in the stats is his winning attitude. He's limited but then so was Phil Neville and I'd have him back in this squad.

Aarons in particular would be a good fit for us but I like the idea of giving Kenny a season to develop as our first-choice right-back. Saves us money which we more desperately need to spend elsewhere.

Derek Knox
22 Posted 01/04/2020 at 16:21:06
Ray @8, I thought they were talking about Gordon Ramsey and Christian Bale, so I dismissed it. :-) :-)
Derek Knox
23 Posted 01/04/2020 at 16:25:32
Dave @14, not stealing Steve F's thunder here, but he is okay. I have contact with him via messaging nearly every day. I think as there is no football at present and most threads are of a different nature, although many are football related, a lot of TW members are not looking in as often.
Sam Hoare
24 Posted 01/04/2020 at 16:39:59
Robert @21, yes, I've always liked Kenny and his attitude is terrific. I suspect he may well get a shot next season as transfer priorities lie elsewhere.

I always thought Holgate and Calvert-Lewin had the raw materials. Not quite so convinced by Kenny (too slow for my liking!) but hope he proves me wrong.

Martin Mason
25 Posted 01/04/2020 at 17:40:40
I always thought he had a bad deal at Everton. He had one amazing derby and he looked very good every time that I saw him. I didn't see him all games and obviously the club have a constant view of him but surely he's better then Sidibé defensively?

It probably is essential now that you can fit full-back, wing-back and winger though as a modern Number 2. Tommy Wright was pretty perfect at his best?

Brian Wilkinson
26 Posted 01/04/2020 at 18:21:44
They have relaxed the FFP for this season and carried it over until next June.

With that in mind, will suit Everton, so expect more players to come in and if the stadium gets the go ahead, will add even more weight to the transfer kitty, with the sponsorships.

More players will be out of contract next season as well to offload.

In the meantime, we need to stay focused, hopefully we will find out a solution to the Coronavirus and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Hugh Jenkins
27 Posted 01/04/2020 at 19:09:32
Ray (8) - LOL - how very naive of me - I never thought of that.
Robert Tressell
28 Posted 01/04/2020 at 20:18:57
Brian - didn't know FFP had been relaxed. That does suit us. Exploitative as it may be, there could be a firesale of talent this summer as clubs struggle to balance the books. Might mean some bigger names are accessible to us than might normally be the case. Juve are reducing wages. Chinese clubs will not be high in the list even if they are prepared to pay.

Young English talent like Aarons will still be at a premium I expect - but unlikely links to Ramsey, Bale and half the Napoli squad may not be wide of the mark. Bit dubious about the two welsh lads due to age, injury record and possibly lack of motivation. They're decent players though!

Patrick McFarlane
29 Posted 01/04/2020 at 20:46:59
Derek #22 Taking up your alternative names idea here is the 1966 FA Cup line-up with links to music:

Kanye West
Steve Wright (DJ)
Brian Wilson
Peter Gabriel
Simon LeBon (Poetic License)
Anita Harris
Ronnie Scott
Mike Trebilcock (Composer- Harvest Of Horrors)
Paul Young
Alex Harvey
Shirley Temple

Far too much time on our hands.

Christy Ring
30 Posted 01/04/2020 at 21:22:01
His performances at Schalke have been up and down, but I'd prefer to keep Kenny, than sign Sidibe, whose defensive skills are totally inadequate.
Derek Knox
31 Posted 01/04/2020 at 23:51:20
Tut tut Patrick@29, I thought at least there would have been room on the bench for Lawrence Harvey (or even Harvey The six foot tall Rabbit) Kenny Ball (or even Lucille Ball) and Kenneth Kendall (or even Felicity Kendall). You are definitely right we have too much time on our hands.

Maybe unintentionally I have started a new fish puns style theme. Would be interesting to see 'substitutes' for some of the great players and some of the not so great too we have had grace or disgrace the turf at Goodison.

Dave Williams
32 Posted 02/04/2020 at 11:02:22
Thanks Derek- good to hear he's ok.
Peter Thistle
33 Posted 02/04/2020 at 20:52:48
I haven't seen anything of Sidibé to warrant us buying him, just another average player. We need to get better players than him if we want to improve.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
34 Posted 03/04/2020 at 07:33:13
Derek #31 - two were not signed until after that wonderful day in May which nearly made my mother a widow at 39, but thankfully my dad's heart carried on after Mike T's second!
James Flynn
35 Posted 03/04/2020 at 20:20:50
No loan. They like him so much over there, let them buy his contract. He'll never be first-rate. Never.

At his age, Seamus was our starter, a contributing one.

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