Everton Suffer Another Injury Blow: Finally A Chance For This 21 Y/O Englishman To Shine

Everton have suffered another injury blow ahead of their weekend’s clash against West Ham United on Sunday. The Toffees would likely be without the services of Seamus Coleman, who sustained a foot injury during Republic of Ireland’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Wales last week. He has already been ruled out for the clash versus Poland and will be assessed by the Everton medical staff before Sunday’s game at Goodison Park.

Does Everton Have Enough Cover To Cope With Another Potential Injury?

Marco Silva’s side have suffered a string of injuries and suspensions over the past few weeks, which has seen some of their young players fill in and do a decent job. Coleman’s injury could serve as a perfect opportunity for Jonjoe Kenny to step in and make his mark on Silva’s starting XI. The Toffees right-back started the game against Rotherham United in the League Cup last week and could be a primary candidate to replace Coleman if he international fails to recover in time for this weekend.

Can Jonjoe Kenny Fill The Shoes Of Coleman?

Kenny was a constant presence for the Merseyside club last season when he made 25 appearances in all competitions, registering two assists to his name. He is one of the most promising players to come out of the Everton Academy and has a good chance of becoming a future first-team regular for the Toffees.

Jonjoe Kenny’s Strengths And Weaknesses

Kenny is quite quick and can make a few good runs down the flank. However, it is his defending attributes which makes him a useful squad option. The English youngster primarily operates as a right-back but can also fill in at centre-back if required.

It is his versatility which makes him a perfect asset for Everton, but the defender still needs to work on attacking aspect of his game, if he wants to be a success for the Toffees shortly.

Coleman’s Injury: An Ideal Opportunity For Kenny To Shine?

The unfortunate injury to Coleman could hand Kenny with another opportunity to shine at Goodison Park. Now it is up to the 21-year-old to showcase his talents and stake his claim in Silva’s first-team. Although Kenny is well-equipped to fill in for Coleman in the short-term, it remains to be seen whether he has enough in his locker to feature for Everton on a weekly basis. 

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