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Jonjoe Kenny 43

Jonjoe Kenny first joined Everton's Academy aged nine and worked his way through the club's ranks, developing as a midfielder, centre back and then a full back by the time he reached U18 level in 2013-14. He signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal in July 2014. 

An England youth, he represented his country's Under-17s in the 2014 European Championship Finals and won the trophy alongside his Finch Farm team-mate Ryan Ledson, scoring the winning penalty in a shootout to decide the final against the Netherlands.

His was named on Everton's senior team sheet came alongside a number other youngsters in the Europa League dead rubber against FK Krasnodar in December 2014 and he made a substitute's appearance in the first match of pre-season 2015 at Swindon Town and helped set up one of the goals in a 4-0 win before going out on loan to Wigan Athletic. 

He was recalled early from that spell, a decision that disappointed Latics boss Gary Caldwell but later joined Oxford United in January 2016, initially on a one-month loan that would be extended to the end of the season. He would  make short work of convincing the Us fans that they wouldn't miss popular right back George Baldock too much in the coming weeks whom Kenny replaced.

Kenny made his first start in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final second leg against Millwall, a game that Oxford lost but earned their place at Wembley by winning 2-1 on aggregate. Kenny, has also been earning rave reviews on the back of his full debut in which he was named the Us' Man of the Match.

Jonjoe went on to play a crucial part in Oxford United's mission to gain promotion as they finished second in League One and returned to Everton in time to make his senior debut in the final Premier League match of the 2015-16 season against Norwich City under caretaker manager David Unsworth.

Kenny continued to impress at Under-23 level as the new season got going, and must have caught the eye of the new first-team manager, Ronald Koeman, who surely approved the decision to give him a new three-year contract running through June 2019.  But it took a long time for him to be considered for the fist team under the new manger, allowing him to captain the Under-23s to a splendid success in winning Premier League 2 under David Unsworth.  It wasn't until April and the horrific broken leg suffered by Seamus Coleman that Kenny came into the squad but he still had to be content with a place on the bench.  

He would get a 15-minute cameo in a League game at Swansea but came to the fore for England U20s in the World Cup in South Korea in the summer of 2017 where he put in some tremendous performances, showing himself to be great going forward and covering his duties at the back with intelligence. Playing every England game he was a strong candidate for the Player of the Tournament that ultimately went to then Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke.

There was huge expectation that Kenny would be rewarded for his efforts with some senior run-outs at right-back while Coleman continued his recovery from a broken leg but Koeman preferred Cuco Martina, his free acquisition from former club Southampton. Kenny again had to bide his time but was given the odd chance in the League Cup and in the Europa League before Koeman gave him his Premier League debut at home to Arsenal in what would become watershed for the club with regaerd to the Dutchman's failing tenure.

Koeman was sacked the next day and Unsworth locked him in to the starting role at right-back. The youngster grabbed his chance with both hands and continued in his new first-team role under Koeman's permanent successor, Sam Allardyce. It was no surprise when Everton secured new long-term deals for Kenny, along with Holgate and Calvert-Lewin, in early December 2017.

FactFile

Squad number 43 
Position Midfielder
Nationality English
Born Kirkdale
Date of birth 15 March 1997
Height 5' 9" (1.76 m)
Joined July 2014
Joined from Everton Academy
Signed by Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee None
Contract duration 3 + 3 + 4½ years
Contract expires June 2022
Debut (sub) v Norwich (h)
15 May 2016
Full debut v Sunderland (h)
20 September 2017
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2014-15
43
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2015-16
43
0 (1)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (1)
0
2016-17
43
0 (1)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (1)
0
2017-18 43 15 (1) 0 6 (0) 0 21 (1) 0
  Totals 15 (3) 0 6 (0) 0 21 (3) 0

Loan Spells

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2015-16 Wigan Athletic 6 (1) 0
2015-16 Oxford United 17 (0) & 2 (1) 0 & 0

Academy Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2013-14 Under-18s; Under-21s __(_); 11 (1) & 2 (0) 1 & 0
2014-15 Under-18s; Under-21s 3 (0); 20 (0) & 5 (0) 0; 4 & 0
2015-16 Under-21s 6 (0) & 5 (0) 1 & 0
2016-17 Under-23s 21 (0)  & 5 (0) 0 & 0
2017-18 Under-23s    

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