By Danny Wright

9th Dec, 2017 | 12:22pm

Everton on verge of agreeing terms with defender - report

Everton are on the verge of agreeing a new contract with Jonjoe Kenny, according to a report.

The Telegraph claims that Kenny, 20, is “about” to sign a new deal at Goodison Park after emerging as a regular feature in the first-team this season.

David Unsworth took the young defender under his wing during his spell as caretaker manager and started him at right-back in every single Premier League game while in charge.

Sam Allardyce then decided to keep Kenny in his side for his first game with the club last week when he started in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

Kenny had only made four appearances for the Toffees before this campaign but now has a total of 15.

Seamus Coleman’s broken leg and the terrible form of summer signing Cuco Martina have no doubt helped the England Under-21 rise up the pecking order at Goodison Park, and now it seems that with a new deal on the horizon, he may be there to stay a while longer.

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Football Insider Verdict

Kenny 100 per cent deserves a new contract befitting of a first-team player after proving to be a shining light in what had been a bleak start to the season. Ronald Koeman had barely called upon Kenny to play in Coleman’s absence but since his sacking and Unsworth’s temporary promotion to first-team matters, the England youth international has really come of age. Sunday will be a massive test for the local born right-back when he could play in Everton’s Merseyside derby clash against Liverpool at Anfield. Kenny will have a massive job on his hands defending against the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and even if he doesn’t come out victorious, the experience he will get will be priceless.

In other Everton news, Stan Collymore has predicted the Toffees’ clash against Liverpool on Sunday.

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