Seamus Coleman hit the ground running upon returning from his lengthy injury layoff, and it could halt Jonjoe Kenny’s development.
Everton right-back Seamus Coleman suffered a double fracture during a World Cup qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales last March, prematurely and abruptly ending his season.
The 29-year-old finally returned to first-team action in January after spending 10 months recovering, and has since played six of the Toffees’ last eight Premier League games.
In Coleman’s absence, Everton trusted academy graduate and youth team starlet Jonjoe Kenny with the huge responsibility of filling his boots. The 21-year-old started 17 Premier League games, and came off the bench twice.
Kenny, however, hasn’t featured in Everton’s last four games, with Coleman now back as a mainstay in the starting lineup.
While Kenny could still get a look-in towards the end of the season, he’s currently back to the bench on a seemingly permanent basis, and with Everton unlikely to be playing in Europe next season, there will be even fewer opportunities for the youngster going forward.
A loan move to the Championship could do Kenny a lot of good next season. But here’s the dilemma: Everton may well not want to agree to that. Kenny is clearly a valued squad player, and looks to be the perfect long-term successor for Coleman, who is 8 years his senior.