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Schalke boss David Wagner hails Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tom Davies (L) Jonjoe Kenny and Yannick Bolasie during the Everton FC training session at USM Finch Farm on April 17, 2018 in Halewood, England.

Jonjoe Kenny has had an impressive start to life in Germany at Schalke and manager David Wagner heaps praise on the Everton man.

head coach David Wagner of FC Schalke 04 speaks with Jonjoe Kenny of FC Schalke 04 during the Schalke 04 Training Camp on July 27, 2019 in Mittersill, Austria.

Schalke boss David Wagner spoke to iNews about Everton's Jonjoe Kenny and the full-back is close to becoming a fan favourite according to his new manager.

Kenny, who struggled for game time in England under Everton manager Marco Silva, has been hugely impressive for Schalke since joining them on loan this summer. The youngster has played every minute so far in the German top-flight and opened his account with a brilliant strike against Hertha Berlin just before the international break. 

 

Speaking about the decision to bring him in on loan, Wagner explained that he had followed Kenny's career since he played for England's youth teams as well as when he faced Huddersfield Town for Everton.  

He said: "I had a good picture of Jonjoe and, after I joined Schalke, we all together agreed that we had to sign a right-back.

"As soon as I found that we were not able to afford someone to buy because of our financial restrictions, Jonjoe was one of the first names I put on the table when I discussed with our board. Luckily, they agreed to try to sign him and luckily he decided to join our football club."

Jonjoe Kenny of FC Schalke 04 celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC at Veltins-Arena on August 31, 2019 in...

Kenny's future at Everton is certainly unclear with Seamus Coleman clearly the first choice. Summer signing Djibril Sidibe will also play a part in making life difficult for the 22-year-old once he comes back but Wagner is certainly a fan as he claimed that Kenny was one of his best signings from the summer window. 

"I can tell you what, he is already close to becoming a fan favourite here in our stadium. He has done an amazing job so far and scored a wonderful goal against Berlin. He is, for sure, one of the best signings which we have made this summer."

With a lot of the season still to be played, Kenny has the time to prove to everyone at Everton that he is capable of playing at the top level. However, with Wagner's admiration for him, the Toffees' loss could well prove to be Schalke's gain at the end of his loan spell. 

Everton manger Marco Silva speaks to Jonjoe Kenny during the Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on September 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

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