It couldn’t have been easy for Jonjoe Kenny coming into the Celtic side. Instead of joining a team looking to win 10 titles in a row, he was joining a Hoops side that has nothing but pride to play for in the last few months of the season.
Kenny was also only joining the Hoops on loan. That isn’t always easy for a player, especially when they are coming into a team that isn’t in the best of form. However, the good news is that Kenny seems to have done well for Celtic so far.
Impressed in both performances
Celtic have won both of the games that he has started. The numbers show that the 23-year-old right-back has impressed at both ends of the pitch in his brief time at the club.
Let us firstly examine his debut against Kilmarnock. That would not have been the easiest of tasks for Kenny. Being put into a Celtic team on the back of a dire 2-1 loss to St Mirren. However, he seemed to play with a point to prove, and was particularly impressive, especially in defence.
Interceptions were key
According to WhoScored.com, Kenny had two total tackles in the game – the third most in the Celtic side in the 4-0 win. He also had three defensive interceptions – the second most in the team. That is an impressive debut.
In the weekend’s 2-1 win over Motherwell, he excelled more on the offensive side of his game. Once more as revealed by WhoScored.com, Kenny had three key passes in the game. The second most in the team.
He also had two shots on goal, the fifth most in the side. That is not bad for a defender.
He might have only been at Celtic for a week, but for the rest of the season it looks as if Kenny could be a valuable contributor to Celtic going forward. Should he keep up this level of performance, it would make sense to get him signed up permanently. Only time will tell.
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