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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 3-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 succes in winning Premier League 2 under David Unsworth.  It was not until April and the horrific broken leg suffered by Seamus Coleman that Kenny came int the squad... only to sit out six games on the bench.  

He would get a 15-minute cameo at the Liberty Stadium before England duty called him away to the U20 World Cup in South Korea, where he put in some tremendous performances, showing himself to be great going forward and intelligent, covering his duties at the back, and with a great attitude. Playing every England game of the tournament, perhaps his most conservative display came in the U20 World Cup Final where the emphasis was on defence against some very tricky Venezuelans, to protect Dominic Calvert-Lewin's precious strike on the half-hour. Kenny was in truth the Player of the Tournament, although this accolade was wrongly given to Chelsea (soon to be Liverpool) player Solanke.

 There was huge expectation that Kenny would be rewarded for his efforts with sme senior runouts at right-back swhile Seamus Coleman continued his reovvery from a broken leg. But Ronald Koeman had other ideas, bring in Cuco Martina as a free agent from Southampton.

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 years
Contract expires June 2019
Debut (sub) v Norwich (h)
15 May 2016
Full debut TBD
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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 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0
  Totals 0 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (2) 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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