Former Celtic icon Frank McAvennie has compared new Parkhead arrival Jonjoe Kenny to Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson.
The 23-year-old recently arrived in Glasgow on loan from Premier League side Everton until the end of the 2020/21 campaign and is already hungry to make his debut for his boyhood club (cited by Daily Record).
Kenny found himself with a lack of opportunities at Goodison Park, making just four outings and playing just 79 minutes this season (Whoscored). This is despite playing regularly for Bundesliga side Schalke last season, scoring twice and providing three assists from 31 appearances on loan.
But McAvennie has high hopes for Kenny and even made a huge claim about his ability in relation to the Scotland captain.
“I liked the young boy Kenny,” he told Football Insider. “He put whipped about four crosses across the box in the first half and there was nobody there.
“It must be because they are not used to it. The strikers aren’t used to good crosses so there weren’t there. Edouard, Ajeti and Griff haven’t had that kind of service. They are used to the ball hitting the first man.
“The boy put some great balls in. Edouard is intelligent so he will pick up on that and starting making those runs.
“It was an impressive debut from Kenny. A couple of decisions he made last night showed me that he is a proper full-back. He makes the right choices. His first instinct is to defend. His first job is to defend. I like Kenny because he is a proper defender like Robertson at Liverpool. It’s great to have someone similar.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
With Robertson having previously been described to the Liverpool Echo as “world-class” by Steven Gerrard, we think that Kenny doesn’t quite fall into that category just yet.
That doesn’t mean that he never will – Kenny has lots of potential and his arrival has been a breath of fresh air since Jeremie Frimpong’s departure to Bayer Leverkusen.
Time will tell whether Kenny can live up to McAvennie’s high expectations over the next six months. A good stint may convince manager Neil Lennon to make his stay permanent.
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