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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 Coull

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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.

Tottenham Hotspur

£65k-a-week wages make Anthony Martial perfect Tottenham Hotspur signing

The Frenchman is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

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Tottenham Hotspur are once again looking to bring in a suitable back-up option to their star striker Harry Kane this summer. Their previous two attempts, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have failed to live up to the bill and both are set to leave the club this summer. Now the plan has changed and they are said to be after a more versatile forward, rather than an out-and-out striker. The player they have seemingly identified is Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Spurs are keen on signing the Frenchman from their Premier League rivals this summer. He has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and subsequently missed out on a place in France’s World Cup squad for this summer.

Tottenham feel they can offer Martial a chance for more regular football, either as a left-winger or a striker. The attacker, who cost Manchester United an initial fee reported to be in the region of £38.5 million by Sky Sports, will not be cheap.

However, the Evening Standard report does highlight one factor which will leave Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy very happy with any potential deal. They claim that Martial is currently on £65,000-a-week at Old Trafford.

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Tottenham have gained a reputation in recent years for trying to be frugal with their money, especially when it comes to their wage bill. It has seen their talented first-team squad often linked with moves away for more fruitful pay-packets.

Martial’s wages fall neatly into the club’s current wage structure. At £65,000-a-week there will be little stopping Tottenham from bringing Martial to North London this summer. If they can agree on a fee with United, where it seems Martial’s time is up, Tottenham might finally have found their solution to the striker back-up issue at the club.

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Signing Yaya Toure is not enough to gain support for West Ham board

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West Ham United are believed to be close to appointing former Premier League winning coach Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, and reports indicate that it could lead to a coup signing in his former player Yaya Toure.

The Telegraph make the claims as they say that previous talks between the Hammers and the free agent broke down, but the appointment of the Chilean would smooth matters and may make a deal more feasible.

In truth, the signing may not actually impress West Ham fans all that much. They have grown used to the signing of players who were dominating the game five years ago and are now past their best. The signings of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Patrice Evra over the past year have shown as much with mixed results.

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The board are desperately seeking a way to get fans back onside as discontent grows and fans accuse them of not spending sufficiently to back their team and the signing of such a high profile player of immense quality may satisfy those wishes.

That may be the plan, but Yaya Toure made only two Premier League starts in 2017/18 and such a record bares terrifying resemblances to the likes of Andy Carroll, commanding a high wage whilst spending more time in the stands watching on than actually making an impact.

Toure could provide a spark and excitement, there’s no denying that he would be an invigorating addition, but he is not the long-term solution that the club require as fans cry out for players with potential and already at their best. His signing would be a mere distraction.

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Liverpool

Liverpool target Besiktas’ Anderson Talisca would add superb attacking depth

The Brazilian has recorded 28 goal contributions in Turkey this season.

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After Besiktas’ 5-1 home win over Sivasspor on Saturday, manager Senol Gunes strongly hinted that star attacker Anderson Talisca would be joining Liverpool this summer.

The possible signing of the Brazilian midfielder would be a superb acquisition for Liverpool, adding depth and quality to the club’s star-studded attack.

According to FourFourTwo, the Besiktas manager confirmed Talisca would be leaving the Turkish club for the Premier League after two years on loan from Benfica.

And Gunes dropped a massive hint that put Liverpool as the possible frontrunners in attaining his signature ahead of Manchester United.

“He might be rivals with Cenk Tosun,” Gunes replied when asked about Talisca’s English destination.

Of course, former Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun plays for Everton– leading many to jump to the conclusion that Talisca is headed to Anfield instead of Old Trafford.

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The signing would represent a strong statement of intent from the Reds, as Talisca has enjoyed a stunning two seasons at Besiktas and is a burgeoning attacking talent.

In 47 appearances this season, the 24-year-old was involved in an impressive 28 goals, scoring 20 and assisting eight.

And the Brazilian’s past form shows this fantastic season is not a one-off. In 2016/17, Talisca bagged 17 goals and six assists, despite only featuring 33 times in all competitions.

While some might argue that the Turkish Super Lig has a poorer defensive standard than the Premier League, Talisca has proven his worth in European competition as well. In his time at Besiktas, he has notched five Champions League goals, as well as two goals and four assists in the Europa League.

The Brazilian youth international would add impressive offensive depth for Liverpool, as the Reds look to seriously challenge for the Premier League next season.

The purchase of the prolific attacking midfielder would be an ideal first step in assembling a squad that could bring Anfield its first league trophy in over two decades.

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