Jonjoe Kenny will be in talks with his agent over a potential transfer away from Everton in the January window, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted there is now point in the right-back wasting his career staying with the Toffees if he is not going to play.
As reported by the Athletic, the 23-year-old, who is heading into the final 18 months of his contract at Goodison Park, is considering his future after falling down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.
It is said that if game time is not forthcoming on Merseyside then he will look to leave, having been prepared to leave on loan again during the summer transfer window.
Despite Seamus Coleman being out with injury, Ancelotti has used Alex Iwobi and Tom Davies as makeshift wing-backs, rather than play Kenny.
Whelan claims there is no doubt the former Schalke loanee will be looking towards the exit door after being snubbed by the manager.
Asked if he thought an exit could be on the cards, Whelan told Football Insider: “I guarantee you it’s in the back of his mind, there will be discussions privately between him and his agent.
“He’ll have to think long and hard because he’s now at an age where it needs to be playing regularly and progressing through the season, playing 38 to 40-odd games and being that number one.
“So it’s a difficult choice because you don’t want to leave big clubs but, at the same time, if something’s going to give you the opportunity to be that number one full-back, to play regularly week in, week out, I think it’s very hard not to take that option.
“You can’t, there’s no point being a big club, being on some money, when you’re not playing first-team football, it’s not worth it. everyone wants to play, end of story – you want to play, you want to be in the first-team.”
Kenny has started just one Premier League game in four appearances across all competitions this season.