Everton have a number of long term contracts coming to an end, with six permanent deals and two loan stays ending in June 2022.
Therefore, Frank Lampard will need to work with Farhad Moshiri to consider whether any of the players are worth keeping hold of this summer.
The club is currently in a vulnerable position in the Premier League and every decision counts towards their unstable future, with over half a billion pounds wasted already on making signings and getting nowhere by doing so, Moshiri is running out of room for error, as the side currently one point outside of the relegation zone.
One player that has taken the expiry of his contract seriously is Jonjoe Kenny, and despite his inconsistencies has shown he can be relied upon when the opportunity has presented itself for him to step up this season.
The right-back has been taking up the chances to play on the opposite side in the left-back position for Everton this season, with club legend Leighton Baines and recently appointed legendary left-back Ashley Cole in the coaching team, helping him to develop his game in the position and it has been paying off in his most recent performances.
Lampard is clearly becoming a fan of Kenny, after giving him as many appearances over the last month as Rafa Benitez gave him during his entire six months reign, and it’s no wonder when you look at his output in the FA Cup clash against Boreham Wood last week.
According to SofaScore, Kenny earned himself the highest rating on the pitch (8.3) which is no surprise with an assist on the opening goal of the victory in the second half. He also won seven out of nine duels, made a whopping 110 touches, three tackles, an interception, a clearance, and successfully completed 83 out of 93 of his passes.
The Toffees boss was full of praise for the £15k-per-week who has been previously hailed a “horror show” by podcasters at ASCOM, with Lampard giving his verdict on the defender before his outstanding performance in the FA Cup last week.
“He will give you everything, positionally he was great, in terms of holding his position, then jumping out and making tackles at the right time.” Lampard told Everton TV.
“Jonjoe is perfect for any game – but especially when we needed discipline and effort and toughness, and he showed those things. I was really pleased with him.”
With ACSOM’s quote in mind, it has been quite the turnaround for Kenny and him making it at Everton now is somewhat of a surprise.
Though, judging by his displays, it would now be no shock if Lampard doesn’t encourage the club to give the defender a new contract ahead of his expiry in June, as he clearly values the defender’s versatility and potential to grow into the team. The way that Kenny has responded to the former Chelsea boss’s coaching and revitalised himself speaks volumes and surely won’t go unrewarded.
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