Having lost their previous Premier League game away at Southampton, Everton are back in action once again this evening for their latest attempt to move away from the relegation zone.
The Toffees will be welcoming league leaders Manchester City to Goodison Park later today, who will be looking for a reaction after getting beaten by Tottenham Hotspur at home in their previous league outing.
In terms of which players Lampard could pick to be in his starting XI to take on Pep Guardiola’s side, one figure that played through the entire game against Southampton that we feel should not be in the team on this occasion is full-back Jonjoe Kenny.
As a product of the Merseyside club’s youth academy, the defender has made 58 senior appearances for Lampard’s side across all competitions, chipping in with five assists along the way.
During the defeat at St. Mary’s, the 24-year-old failed to make even one tackle throughout the match as well as failing to win any of the six duels he was involved in and giving the ball away 15 times.
This display ultimately earned the full-back an overall match rating of 6.2/10, making him the lowest-rated Everton player that started the game according to SofaScore.
With that in mind and the fact that City wingers Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez are the top two goalscorers for the Manchester club with a combined total of 18 goals between them, it could be another difficult day for Kenny if he gets picked to defend against either of those players.
Having been slammed in the past for being “the most negative player” he’s ever seen by Scottish football pundit Gordon Dalziel, Kenny could cost conceivably cost his side the game if he isn’t able to contain City’s attacking players such as Sterling or Mahrez given how deadly they have been in front of goal this season.
Moving forward, if Everton want to have any chance of picking up a positive result this evening against a side that have scored 35 more goals and conceded 23 fewer than the Toffees this season, Lampard will need his side to be as strong as they possibly can defensively and particularly clinical going forward, which could be a worry for Kenny and his chances of starting.