Loaned out to ensure he got regular game time rather than fight for a place with Seamus Coleman, Jonjoe Kenny has grasped the opportunity with both hands and isn’t going to let go anytime soon.
Sent to Schalke in Germany, it didn’t take long for the Englishman to become a fan favourite, both with his attitude and his performance.
Once saying he wanted to become ‘the best Jonjoe Kenny’ he could be, the 22-year-old is doing just that, and is currently the ‘most dangerous defender’ in the Bundesliga.
He isn’t injuring everyone, don’t worry, as Ruhr24’s description of the right-back refers to his ability to get involved going forward and participating in his team’s attacks.
Already finding the back of the net before the international break, Kenny has since assisted in each of his last two games, helping Schalke win 5-1 away to SC Paderborn and overcome Mainz 05 2-1 at home at the weekend.
Ruhr state ‘Kenny runs, grabs and fights for every ball’ and has seen his performances on the pitch rewarded by both his manager David Wagner and the Schalke fans, who have taken to him quickly.
They are also impressed at his ability to learn from his mistakes, especially from his giving away a penalty against Bayern during the second game of the season (poorly timed slide tackle on Kingsley Coman), since showcasing exactly why he is ‘one of the undisputed regulars’ at Schalke.
And, if he carries on, as Ruhr24 put it, that should remain the case going forward.