Everton are to hold talks with Jonjoe Kenny this week over a possible loan move for the youngster next season, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The 22-year-old has made just seven Premier League starts this season with Seamus Coleman the club’s continued first choice at right-back.
Kenny hasn’t featured at all since the 3-2 defeat against Newcastle at the start of March and Kurt Zouma was preferred instead of him in Coleman’s absence through injury against Tottenham on Sunday.
A new right-back is believed to be on Everton’s shopping list this summer as they seek a long-term replacement for Coleman, who turns 31 in October.
That would push Kenny down the pecking order and further restrict his playing opportunities, particularly with no European football next season.
Judging by these quotes by Marco Silva, it seems Kenny is still rated by the club’s staff but they feel a loan move - and therefore regular first-team football - would be better for him at this stage of his career:
“It is one conversation we will have with him, for sure, to decide the best situation with Jonjoe.
“To stay, and keep his competition with Seamus Coleman, because he is always behind him and I gave opportunities to him this season because during the week he showed me he is able to compete and to play.
”It is up to us now decide if we want another season of him and Seamus competing or if it would be better for him to play often and often to become stronger.
”It is one decision we will take next week.”