Danny Mills has claimed young Everton full-backs Jonjoe Kenny and Niels Nkounkou could leave the club on loan in 2021.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England right-back suggested the Toffees’ 3-4-3 system may not suit the pair who operate as traditional full-backs.
Neither Nkounkou or Kenny, 23, have been included in Everton’s matchday squads against Leeds United and Burnley despite Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne being absent through injury.
Carlo Ancelotti has instead decided to start Alex Iwobi, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph in wing-back roles.
Nkounkou, 20, who moved to Merseyside on a free transfer from Marseille in July, and Kenny have both been limited to just one Premier League start this season.
Asked by Football Insider why Ancelotti has not called on the young pair in recent weeks, Mills said: “Iwobi and Davies or Delph are not playing as out-and-out full-backs, the wing-back role in a 3-4-3 is very, very different to play in.
“These players are also very, very young and they have to understand there’s a pecking order, there’s a hierarchy and a manager will generally trust senior players that he’s seen over the course of time who he knows can handle the pressure.
“Losing Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman, who are very influential in those positions, means a manager will go for seniority.
“Younger players will get their chance and when they get that chance they have to make sure they’ll take it.
“They may go out on loan. Players want to play and when they’ve had a sniff and a taste of first-team football, there’s always that balance of biding your time, getting experience of the first-team squad or going out on loan.
“I’m sure the club is very sensible, it’s very well run and it will look for the best possible solution for the player’s development and for the club.”