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After dream 2017, what next for Everton talent Jonjoe Kenny?

The 21-year-old defender has not been in an Everton matchday squad since February.

Mathew Nash

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There is no doubt that 2017 was a fantastic year for Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny. The young right-back had an excellent season with the Everton under-23’s in 2016-17. It culminated in the Toffees winning the Premier League 2 title.

That summer he travelled with the England under-20 side to South Korea for the World Cup. The Everton youngster was the standout full-back of the competition as England won a historic title on the world stage.

Then came his Everton breakthrough. With Seamus Coleman injured the 21-year-old became a regular in the side from September and, despite some teething problems, was one of Everton’s better players throughout their woeful run of form in the Autumn.

With his tireless energy, good reading of the game and excellent crossing he was earning his place in the Everton starting XI.

England’s defender Jonjoe Kenny (L) receives a yellow card during the U-20 World Cup semi-final football match between England and Italy in Jeonju on June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

But what next for Kenny?

Since the turn of the year however, the Everton talent has not been featuring as regularly. Coleman is back fit and Kenny has not played for the Everton first-team since the 24th February defeat to Watford.

In fact, he has not even appeared in a matchday squad since.

Sam Allardyce is not well known for his development of young talent and it will come as no surprise that the Everton manager is not ready to rely on Kenny as back-up.

Of course, playing in the Everton first-team will always be hard with someone as good as Coleman ahead of you. But Kenny would have at least hoped for a place on the bench. Instead, it is Cuco Martina getting that privilege.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Jonjoe Kenny of Everton tackles Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Kenny is 21 now and will no doubt be wanting to play regular first-team football, or at least be in the Everton squad on matchdays.

Somehow, it does not feel like Allardyce will be the one to give Kenny such opportunities at Goodison Park.

If Big Sam remains, it is hard to see Kenny getting much of a look-in next season at Everton.

Kenny has been out on loan before but on both occasions with League One sides, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United. Next season perhaps would be the perfect opportunity for him to spend an entire campaign out on loan in the Championship or at another Premier League side. As long as he is somewhere where he will play regular football, Everton would be wise to make such a move happen.

Fans at Goodison are keen on Kenny and so they should be. He has all the talents and attributes to be a long-term Everton star. That should not be forgotten just because Coleman is back fighting fit.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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