Everton and Rafa Benitez endured a pretty dismal transfer market judging by their high estimations.
The Toffees are used to spending considerable sums in the window, but after hiring a new manager, the Spaniard spent a measly £1.7m.
Despite that, Everton have actually enjoyed a solid start to the season. They are creating chances at will and have taken seven points from the opening nine available.
However, they do have an issue at right-back. Seamus Coleman’s contract is due to expire in 2023 and they are yet to find the Irishman’s successor. They tried hard over the last few months to land a right-back but their lengthy pursuit was to no avail.
Their number one target was Dutch full-back Denzel Dumfries, who caught the eye with two goals from defence during the European Championship. However, due to Everton’s lack of money this year, they fell short and he joined Inter Milan instead for just €12.5m (£10.7m).
They looked at Aurelio Buta of Royal Antwerp and even made a last-ditch attempt to prise Kyle Walker-Peters away from Southampton. They didn’t sign any of those players, though, and are instead left with a backup option in Jonjoe Kenny.
This should be extremely worrying for Everton because Kenny’s game has slumped quite considerably in the last few years. It was only a few seasons ago that the 24-year-old looked like one of the brightest young right-backs in the country.
However, while the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James rose through the ranks and added to England’s sizeable options in that part of the pitch, Kenny has regressed.
He enjoyed a productive loan spell with Schalke in 2019/20 and was even nominated for the Rookie of the Year award in the Bundesliga. Based on that, he looked as though he would quickly become Coleman’s heir apparent.
Kenny headed for a further loan spell in the second half of last season with Celtic but it did not go according to plan. The Englishman made countless errors and was a severe letdown in more than one Old Firm derby.
The defender’s hapless backpass led to a corner from which Rangers scored during his Old Firm induction, and then in the second game, he scored an own goal and was given a torrid afternoon by Ryan Kent.
At full-time, Celtic pundit Paul John Dykes of A Celtic State Of Mind lambasted the full-back, describing his performance as a “horror show.”
Unfortunately, the £15k-per-week earner has been lacklustre on his return to Everton this term, too. Kenny appeared against Huddersfield in the Carabao Cup a few weeks ago but gave away possession 11 times and looked unconvincing throughout the 90 minutes.
It’s unlikely Benitez will call upon him this season, but even with their limited options, Kenny shouldn’t play for the club again.
The Spanish coach would be much better off playing Ben Godfrey in that area if an injury arises.