Everton supporters remain hugely buoyant in the Transfer Tavern almost a fortnight on from their team’s vital 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, a result which all but banished any lingering relegation fears.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their encounter with the Eagles off the back of a 5-1 mauling at the hands of Arsenal in their previous league match, which saw them slip to just seven points clear of the bottom three. Yet the Toffees put greater distance between themselves and the relegation zone last time out as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse, and Tom Davies secured a routine success for the Merseysiders, with Luka Milivojevic’s late penalty not enough to prevent Everton’s ninth league win of the campaign.
Thus, there are many happy Evertonians in the Tavern ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford, with several hoping that their side can build upon their most recent win with another at Vicarage Road this weekend.
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Yet they may have to do so without right-back Seamus Coleman, with manager Allardyce confirming in his pre-match press conference on Friday that the Republic of Ireland international is ‘struggling’ to be fit.
As such, the Toffees chief simply must take the 29-year-old out of the side, and replace him with £4.5 million-rated Jonjoe Kenny (as per Transfermarkt), as he has certainly proven his worth to the Merseysiders so far this season.
The 20-year-old had only made two senior appearances for Everton prior to the start of this season, yet he has seamlessly taken to Premier League football with several impressive displays in Coleman’s absence.
The England Under-21 international has laid on two assists in 18 league games this term and was a key part of the side that started life well under new boss Allardyce, helping them to four wins, three draws, and five clean sheets in his opening seven games in charge.
Undoubtedly, Coleman is a better and more seasoned right-back than Kenny, but the latter has certainly done his bit down the Everton right this term, be it solid defensive discipline or a desire and willingness to get forward and help in attack.
And at the tender age of 20, there is still plenty more to come from the talented defender, but Allardyce will need him at his very best on Saturday against Watford winger Richarlison who, although has been in poor form in recent weeks, can make things happen out of very little.
Yet Kenny did reasonably well against the left winger last time out in the Toffees’ 3-2 win back in November, and with Coleman set to miss out due to injury, the young defender deserves his 17th Premier League start of the season against the Hornets on Saturday.
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