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Everton: Jonjoe Kenny was disappointing against Manchester City

Everton moved to within one point of the relegation zone on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Toffees are now one point ahead of Burnley in the table after the Clarets picked up a point against Crystal Palace, along with Frank Lampard’s side’s loss to the champions.

Phil Foden scored the only goal of the game as Michael Keane’s misstep allowed him to sneak in and tuck the ball into the bottom corner after sturdy Everton defending for the majority of the game leading up to that moment.

The Blues thought they were going to be given the perfect opportunity to level the scores when Rodri appeared to bring the ball down with his hand inside the box, but were left fuming as VAR decided that it was not worth having referee Paul Tierney take a look at the monitor.

Forget VAR

Whilst Lampard may be frustrated by VAR’s decision, he will also be disappointed with a few individual performances as some were unable to impress as much as others.

One player who let the manager down on Saturday was full-back Jonjoe Kenny as he failed to grasp his opportunity to show what he can do in the side.

Was Kenny the worst player on the pitch?

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Celtic pundit Mark Wilson previously dubbed him as “scared” during his loan spell with the Hoops last term and that is how he looked at times throughout this clash with Pep Guardiola’s outfit.

The full-back had the unenvied task of dealing with Phil Foden out on the flank for the majority of the game and he struggled badly on and off the ball.

In possession, he did very little. As per SofaScore, the dud completed 71% of his passes and failed with both of his attempted crosses. He was unable to show off any quality on the ball to hurt Manchester City on the counter-attack, with some of his passes leaving a lot to be desired – almost setting the away side away on the break with a poor pass in the first half.

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Defensively, he was run ragged too. Via SofaScore, he lost 80% (4/5) of his duels throughout the 90 minutes and only completed one tackle, whilst making zero interceptions or blocks. He was also dribbled past twice and this shows that the opposition were able to get the better of him more times than he managed to with them.

Therefore, he let Lampard down badly, as much as VAR potentially did, as he failed to rise to the occasion. He was a liability at both ends of the pitch and appeared overawed by the size of the task at hand.

AND in other news, 21 duels lost: Lampard will be fuming with “really bad” Everton star, he’s a liability…

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