Kenny sees opportunity for youth

22 November 2017 11:58:49 EST
Everton youngster Tom Davies

Jonjoe Kenny says that Everton's young talent have a great chance to make an impact on the first team this season.

The Toffees are in Europa League action on Thursday night, welcoming Atalanta to Goodison Park and though they are already out of the competition, having not yet won a game in the group stages, the match represents a good chance for youngsters to make their mark.

That is what the club is known for. It gives young lads a chance.

Jonjoe Kenny

Caretaker manager David Unsworth is hit by injuries with Ross Barkley, Funes Mori, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie all injured while Morgan Schneiderlin is suspended.

That combined with the fact the match matters little gives Unsworth the chance to give the youngsters at the club another chance to gain some experience.

Kenny, who was part of the England Under-20 World Cup winning side, has grasped his opportunity, playing in all of the side's last six matches, following in the footsteps of Tom Davies, another product of the club's academy who has made the transition to the first team.

Kenny told the club's official website: "That is what the club is known for. It gives young lads a chance. Most of all, you have to be good enough. The young lads who have come through have been good enough, and when they have played they have put in good performances.

"It (the Atalanta match) is a massive opportunity for the young lads to perform, we are looking to the next game after this, trying to stay in the team and put in a performance again."

Everton are 5/2 to win the Europa League game with Atalanta 6/5 and the draw priced at 5/2.

Meanwhile, the club have seen striker Oumar Naisse banned for two matches for diving but have been handed good news as Bolasie has returned to training after 11 months out.

The Toffees, struggling at the bottom end of the Premier League so far this season, are 1000/1 to be relegated.

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