Everton’s 20-year-old right back Jonjoe Kenny has been one of The Toffees’ most consistent performers this season.
After first choice Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg in March whilst on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, the club have been in desperate need of someone to fill his void.
The emergence of Kenny this season has been one that has helped the Everton backline to slowly re-transform into the solid wall that it once was and when Coleman returns to action next year, manager Sam Allardyce may find it tough to immediately put him straight back into the side.
On Saturday, Kenny and his Toffees teammates come up against Chelsea for the third time this season, who like Everton have this year, saw their own transformation of sorts on the right side of defence last season.
Nigerian international Victor Moses, who until the beginning of last season spent the vast majority of his playing career as a right winger, found his fortunes and a significant increase in playing time at Stamford Bridge turned around when Antonio Conte decided to use him as a right wing-back. His versatility gave him his first real chance in the Chelsea team since arriving in South West London in 2012. Moses’ consistency in his new position turned into instant success, as he helped The Blues lift their fifth English Premier League title last season.
Kenny lifted silverware of his own during 2017. He played in all of England’s matches as they went on to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. He was also a regular part of the Everton side which won the Premier League 2 during the 2016/2017 campaign, playing 21 of the young Toffees’ 22 league games.
When it comes their average match rating this season, it is the youngster Kenny who comes out on top.
Both men have featured 11 times in the English Premier League this term; Moses has average a rating of 6.9/10 per match, whilst Kenny has averaged a score of 7.15/10.
Which one of these men, who have had an enjoyable 2017, can guide their team to victory at Goodison Park two days before Christmas?
By Jonty Colman