By Abigail Withey
Everton fans have hailed rising star Jonjoe Kenny as their “future captain” on social media following an impressive debut run-out with the senior squad on Tuesday.
The Toffees secured a 3-0 victory over Sunderland in the League Cup third round during the week, and the 20-year-old academy ace was included in the starting line-up.
The right-back played the full 90 minutes of the match and impressed boss Ronald Koeman as well as supporters in the stands.
Kenny posted a picture of him in action against Sunderland on Instagram, which prompted a flurry of praise for the defender with a majority of supporters eager for his next appearance.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
???????? Keep living the dream and make yourself first choice!
— Jonathan Matthews (@onmedoorstep) September 21, 2017
???? make sure you keep progressing and the boss won't be able to leave you out.
— C (@chughs67) September 21, 2017
— tony edge (@edgyt10) September 21, 2017
Well deserved. Hopefully a first team regular from now on
— Steven Bateson (@StevenBateson1) September 21, 2017
Well done, us toffees have been calling for this for a while now ????
— John efc (@jsm1328) September 21, 2017
Made up for you. Stick at it.
— Tim Healiss (@revolversk4) September 21, 2017
Congratulations Jonjoe.. proud that another former LSFA u11s captain has made his debut for EFC. Keep working hard ????
— Steve Price (@price_sm) September 21, 2017
Kenny has continuously proven himself throughout the years and has climbed through the Everton youth ranks to finally be named on the senior team sheet.
The England Under-21 international was previously called up to the first-team by Ronald Koeman this season for the Blues’ clashes against Hadjuk Split in the Europa League and Chelsea in the Premier League, but he was left on the bench for both matches.
Now it looks as though Kenny will be stepping away from the development squad and becoming a more familiar face in the Toffees’ senior team throughout the current season.
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