Jonjoe Kenny fires one in for Schalke

Sunday, 7 June, 2020 43comments  |  Jump to last

Jonjoe Kenny scored a fine goal for Schalke to level today's game against Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.

Everton's on-loan star rescued a point for Schalke in their clash with Union Berlin after scoring a stunning strike from long range on Sunday.

It was only the second time Schalke have scored in their last five Bundesliga games but they still managed to equal a club record by going 12 consecutive league games without a win.

The Royal Blues, who were battling for a Champions League spot midway through the season, have now failed to win since January 17 and stayed in 10th place on 38 points.


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Darren Hind
1 Posted 07/06/2020 at 15:08:03
Jonjoe nets.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 07/06/2020 at 15:19:36
Exceptional goal by Kenny -- one touch and then a 25-yard bullet across the keeper into the side netting. Schalke very fortunate to be 1-1 with Union Berlin at half-time.
Darren Hind
3 Posted 07/06/2020 at 15:21:52
Very good strike, Peter.

Just right of centre, about 3 yards outside the box. Beat the goalie all ends up down to his right.

Darren Hind
4 Posted 07/06/2020 at 15:32:02
I havent seen the game Mike. I just logged on to bet365 to have a little punt on the big race and was drawn to the match. Kenny scored within seconds of me tuning in.

He must have been waiting for me to log on.

Sam Hoare
5 Posted 07/06/2020 at 16:09:27
Great goal, Jonjoe! A few more of those and you might convince Carlo to make you first-choice right-back next season.
Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 07/06/2020 at 16:23:27
1-1 the final. Kenny's goal may have saved David Wagner's job for another week.
Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 07/06/2020 at 17:01:42
The best thing about Kenny's goal was the position he took up in the first place. I'm made up for him because he's been stuck in Germany by himself since January, and it's obvious the kid has really started to grow up! Well done, Jonjoe.

Jay Harris
8 Posted 07/06/2020 at 17:49:32
I watched the whole game and Jonjoe Kenny was the Schalke standout player although, to be fair, the others weren't that good.

For me, Kenny has real determination, has good short- and long-distance passing, remains largely safe with the ball, and obviously has a good shot in his armoury.

Technically, I think he is very good and just needs more experience at a higher level now. I think he also looks restrained at Schalke which may be down to the manager's tactics or a lack of confidence throughout the team, or a bit of both.

I certainly think he could do a job for us and would like Brands to spend whatever funds are available on central midfield.

Alex Kociuba
9 Posted 07/06/2020 at 19:34:38
If anyone wants to see the goal:

Peter Gorman
10 Posted 07/06/2020 at 19:41:49
I enjoyed that strike, thanks Alex and everyone for the feedback.
Jay Wood

11 Posted 07/06/2020 at 20:19:49
Thanks for that link Alex. Steaming goal by Jonjoe Kenny.

That's two goals now in his time at Schalke, both very similar.

He hasn't scored for Everton yet, but he has a very distinctive and effective shooting style which we have seen in a Blue shirt.

Like his two goals for Schalke, note that he doesn't swing the arc of his leg through the ball after hitting it. He focuses on balance and power on the full face of the ball. There is virtually zero carry-through of the foot after contact. It guarantees power hitting.

That is technique and skill, not luck.

When you see a cross shot goes across and beyond the keeper from that distance you know it's been smoked and that only an exceptional save will defend it.

Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 07/06/2020 at 22:45:38
You're right, Jay, he struck that beautifully. Excellent technique.

Now, if only he could come back and show Dominic Calvert-Lewin how to strike a ball...

Sam Hoare
13 Posted 07/06/2020 at 22:46:23
I think given Gbamin's injury and the consequent need to focus funds on other areas (mainly central midfielder, right-wing and centre back) that there's a real chance Jonjoe may be first-choice right-back for us next season. I wish he had a little more pace and dynamism but his technique is sound and he certainly won't let anyone down for effort.
Si Cooper
14 Posted 08/06/2020 at 01:55:22
Decent enough strike and kudos to him for having a go, but I think the defenders and the goalie would be getting both barrels on TW if we had conceded that goal.
Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 08/06/2020 at 03:01:33
Si, be aware this isn't a very good side you're talking about. Union Berlin is playing in the Bundesliga for the first time ever and looks to barely avoid dropping back down. Their keeper is a 33-year-old Pole who was never a starter anywhere until he got to Union last year, and he's being released on a free at the end of the season. So he ain't exactly Oliver Kahn.

That said, it was a hell of a shot.

Mike Gaynes
16 Posted 08/06/2020 at 05:21:47
JJK's strike featured on ESPN Sportscenter tonight in the US.
Peter Mills
17 Posted 08/06/2020 at 09:07:07
Michael #12 – excellent technique, beautifully done, I've missed your ability to contrive a criticism of DCL out of nowhere!
Mark Andersson
18 Posted 08/06/2020 at 09:18:41
Goalue and defenders were poor.. even DCL could have scuffed it from there and scored...
Ajay Gopal
19 Posted 08/06/2020 at 09:56:56
Ha.. ha.. Mark (18), I love TW!

Peter (17), I think the point that Michael is trying to make is that Calvert-Lewin is not as clean a striker of the ball as the best are. He is turning out to be one of Everton's best CFs in many years. If he can add to his repertoire, the ability to strike the football with power and timing, he will become more deadly.

Peter Mills
20 Posted 08/06/2020 at 10:04:18
Thanks for that Ajay.
Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 08/06/2020 at 12:06:55
Michael (12), you just can't help yourself, can you?

Peter (20), loved the way you told Ajay to do one, in that nice polite way you have !!

Peter Mills
23 Posted 08/06/2020 at 12:33:01
Thanks for that Dave!!
Tony Everan
24 Posted 08/06/2020 at 13:27:46
Some Olympic-standard moaning on this thread, I bow to the high standards. Elite examples of turning a positive into a negative.
Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 08/06/2020 at 13:57:11
Peter (23), No need for that!!
Jay Wood

26 Posted 08/06/2020 at 14:05:48
Wicked, Peter, wicked...
Michael Kenrick
27 Posted 08/06/2020 at 17:02:27
There's them as understand, and need no explanation.
Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 08/06/2020 at 18:13:32
There's also them as understand but are diplomatic about it.
Si Cooper
29 Posted 08/06/2020 at 23:21:48
Mike (15), I really don't want to rain on Jonjoe's parade because it was a nice shot; well struck, excellently placed and (possibly most importantly) bravely taken on when he could literally have passed on the responsibility. I hope it gives him immense satisfaction and an ego boost.

‘A hell of a shot'... mmm, I think I'm just too typically British / emotionally repressed to give it that label. 🥴

James Flynn
30 Posted 09/06/2020 at 02:22:39
Mike (28) - Haha. Nice.
Darren Hind
31 Posted 09/06/2020 at 08:27:21

It's not all about raw power. How many times have you heard a player who has volleyed a ball with total abandon admit "it could have gone anywhere" – Shearer after Yobo had cleared.

There was no luck whatsoever attached to Jonjoe's shot. It was textbook. His shape was good. He got his body over the top to keep it down and, more importantly, it ended up in exactly the spot he was aiming for. He also struck it with enough power to ensure the goalie didn't get near it.

There was none of this "just hit the target" coaching involved here. It was a clinical deliberate execution.

I'm completely with Mike, it was one hell of a shot.

Si Cooper
32 Posted 09/06/2020 at 16:15:57

Doesn't ‘well struck, excellently placed' cover pretty much all that you are saying? It's just I wouldn't quite put it in the unsaveable category because it didn't travel on an arc that no goalie would have got to, which is what I would class as a ‘hell of a shot'.

Jerome Shields
33 Posted 09/06/2020 at 20:55:36
Didn't see the game, but a wonderful strike.
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 14/06/2020 at 17:00:18
And Schalke's best goalscorer is back at work, just taking the pitch right now again Leverkusen.

I'm not exaggerating much, by the way -- Schalke's attack force is the most useless assemblage of humans outside of the Trump family. Jonjoe has scored the two best goals of the season for his club.

Darren Hind
35 Posted 14/06/2020 at 17:14:15
Not the first Kirkdale boy to score in Berlin, though, Mike
Mike Gaynes
36 Posted 14/06/2020 at 17:20:06
Tell me, Darren!
Si Cooper
37 Posted 14/06/2020 at 17:25:16
East or West, Darren?

Eine schones fraulein, or a shotputter? 😉

Terry White
38 Posted 14/06/2020 at 17:25:37
Mike (#34) et al, nice goal but I am more concerned with his defensive capabilities/liabilities than his ability to score from 20 yards.
Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 14/06/2020 at 17:31:49
Terry, my views on Jonjoe Kenny are a matter of record... I don't think he's good enough for where we want our club to go... but that doesn't mean I can't thoroughly enjoy it when he does something great!

Besides, ever consider that maybe he's a natural goalscorer who's been played out of position all these years? (Nah, me neither.)

What I am also thoroughly enjoying is young USA international Weston McKennie performing better than anybody else on the pitch at the moment.

Eric Paul
40 Posted 14/06/2020 at 18:53:19

Seamus was garbage when he first played for us, he kept giving free-kicks away in dangerous areas and penalties. Then he went on to be the best right-back in England so (in my opinion), I wouldn't give up on Jonjoe Kenny just yet.

Gary Hughes
41 Posted 14/06/2020 at 18:59:44
Didn't know which link to put this on but Howard's Way is on Sky Documentaries (Channel 114) tonight at 7pm.
Darren Hind
42 Posted 14/06/2020 at 21:05:21
I was just echoing what my lad's mate told me after Jonjoe scored what is now his second goal in Berlin, Mike.

A squad of them went to Berlin for a tournament, half from Kirkdale. Nobody remembers the footy, but it seems a good time was had by all.

Eric Paul
43 Posted 14/06/2020 at 21:29:12
I was working in Berlin not long after the wall came down and, if you went to the east, you were lucky to get out alive. 😜
Mike Gaynes
44 Posted 14/06/2020 at 23:55:03
Eric, you're right about Seamus, but he also had searing pace and a physical presence despite his short stature, and Kenny lacks those gifts. He certainly has all the heart, and a nicer touch on his passing, but I don't think he'll approach Coleman level.

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