The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland has aired that Everton could be targeting reinforcements in the right-back position.
Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has two out-and-out right-backs available to him in the Toffees’ first-team squad (per Transfermarkt).
So far this term, Coleman has made six league appearances for Everton and earned a 6.92/10 average rating, making him the club’s fifth-best performer; meanwhile, Kenny’s 6.16/10 rating in his one appearance has made him their fourth-worst performer (per WhoScored).
During the latest episode of The Athletic’s Gwlad Tidings podcast, Boyland discussed what the club may do in the January transfer window and stated that the Toffees may have eyes on a right-back at some point.
He said: “They looked at right-back over the summer with a view to what they could do, but that would have been dependent on Jonjoe Kenny leaving.
“There’s still an idea that there probably needs to be somebody long-term to take over the mantle from Seamus Coleman, who’s obviously been a fantastic servant, but is now into his 30s.
“Kenny’s not convincing, so maybe not a right-back in January, but there is an eye on right-back in the short, mid and long term.”
TIF Thoughts on what Patrick Boyland said about the right-back position…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes that Everton are keen on signing a right-back at some point but that may not be in the January transfer window.
Do Everton need to recruit a new right-back?
Yes, it's a weak area
No, we're all good there
Judging from Kenny’s performance in his one Premier League outing this season, which came in the 2-1 defeat against Newcastle United, the Toffees may be justified in planning to look for another right-back.
In the game, Kenny only managed a passing success percentage of 82.9%, making him Everton’s ninth-least accurate passer so far this term.
While he fairly solidly made two tackles, he did not make a single interception for Ancelotti’s outfit, so it could be argued that some areas of Kenny’s game are lacking.
With the Englishman now 23 years old, it therefore may be better if the Merseyside club sold the full-back and signed a ready-made replacement for Coleman.