Jonjoe Kenny won over Carlo Ancelotti with his performance in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, with the Everton boss talking up the talents of the rampaging right-back during his post-match press conference.
The Toffees coach might be convinced Seamus Coleman can emulate the legendary Paolo Maldini and play at the top level until there are 40 candles on his birthday cake but, in Kenny, Everton also have a full-back capable of taking over the baton sooner rather than later.
In his first appearance for the club since returning from a fine loan spell at Schalke, the academy graduate produced a performance full of energy, intent and thrust in the 3-0 victory over Salford City.
In fact, if Everton had been a little more clinical in front of goal Kenny might have marked his return with an assist.
“I didn’t know him before he left for Schalke but I think the experience he had in the Bundesliga was useful for him,” Ancelotti says of the Liverpool-born youngster, who produced five goals and assists at Schalke last term.”
Kenny would certainly offer more in the final third than the ageing Coleman who, at almost 32, can no longer fly up and down the flanks in the manner that once made him a must-have in Fantasy Football teams up and down the land.
At least the Irishman is ageing like a vintage vino.
Coleman’s game these days is less about overlapping and more about using his positional intelligence to snuff out danger and man-mark opposition forwards. And he does it brilliantly.
Everton’s opening fixtures of the 2020/21 season
West Brom (H)
Crystal Palace (A)