Welcome to the 2017-18 Everton Season Review. Unfortunately, an autopsy is required before we can truly bury this year. Next up, the right backs.
2017-18 Everton Right Back Performance
Performance: Kenny’s season was one borne largely out of necessity. While he may or may not have been ready for the big time, the Englishman did not have a choice in terms of his role - for much of the year, Jonjoe was locked into the starting eleven, given Seamus Coleman’s injury.
Overall, Kenny did an excellent job. Of course, he’s not as good as Coleman at...well, anything, but you really couldn’t have asked for much better from someone so green. His final ball remains lacking, but the 21 year old runs like the wind and is never afraid of getting stuck in. He acquitted himself well.
Future Outlook: Kenny should arrive to preseason camp as the nailed-on backup to Seamus Coleman. He’ll get game time in the friendlies and cup matches, and should be considered - for now - the Irishman’s long term successor.
Grade: B. Jonjoe didn’t do anything to hurt the perception that he’s ready to be at Everton for the long haul. Kenny’s attacking output needs some work, but that’s hardly a fair complaint for someone so young.
Performance: What more is there to say about our 60 grand fan favorite?
Coleman returned from his horrific injury at the end of January, and looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. He flew up and down the right side with aplomb, and impacted matches in the same way that we had all missed.
The Irishman quickly formed a rapport with Theo Walcott, and that relationship flourished, particularly early on. We missed you, Seamus.
Future Outlook: First name on the team sheet. Future captain. Playing the Everton way - Seamus Coleman is here to stay.
Grade: A. Coleman performed well enough for this grade without the injury, but when you consider all he went through to return to the team, the right back truly went above and beyond the call...again.
Note: Given Cuco Martina and Mason Holgate’s usages this season, they were covered in the left back and center back reviews, respectively.