Jonjoe Kenny – The story so far

Jonjoe was Born 15th March 1997 just a short distance from Goodison Park, Jonjoe joined Everton’s Academy at just nine years old.

Playing at both right back and in the centre of defence along with the versatility to play in midfield, with his composure on the ball saw him progressing through the ranks.

He represented England at youth level, in the successful campaign for the Under-17s in the 2014 European Championship Finals, returning victorious.

Back with Everton Kenny went on to captain the Under-21s throughout 2014/15

In December 2014, Kenny was on the bench for Everton’s first-team game against FC Krasnodar and then followed by his first taste of senior action in pre-season at Swindon Town in July.

His great efforts with the U21’s earned him loan spell with at Wigan Athletic for a short time in 2015/16 season before joining League Two outfit Oxford United in the January for the remainder of the season.

He played 20 games in a successful season for Michael Appleton’s side gaining promotion to the division 1 as runners-up.

He then spent the majority of the 2016/17 season with Unsworth, gaining the captaincy of the Under-23s, which he maintained all the way to the Premier League 2 title.

Again earning a brief first-team appearance – away at Swansea at the end of the season.

Selected for England U20’s World Cup squad in the summer in South Korea, Kenny again played a massive part along with some of his fellow blues, again leaving Victorious and lifting the World Cup for England.

Recently before the Derby Jonjoe was asked :

if you were given the choice of either savouring that triumph in South Korea or swapping it for Everton’s first victory at Anfield since 1999 tomorrow? What would you choose ?

“Winning the derby because, for me, everything I have ever wanted to do was win a derby,” he said.

Following his triumph in the summer and even though he’d seemed to have been overlooked by previous boss, Koeman. He got his big break into the first team starting line up this season, when he made his first Premier League start against Arsenal in October 2017.

Since then he’s grown in stature with every game. Even when things hadn’t gone too well for the blues early on, Jonjoe always seemed to be a positive when looking back at the matches in more detail.

His confidence growing with every match and recent form now begging questions on the terraces about surely must keep his place?

His hard work and commitment have now been rewarded with a new deal with the Club to keep him at Goodison Park until June 2022. Which is great news for both the club and this remarkable talent, which once again has been produced through the Everton academy.

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