Jonjoe Kenny: I want to keep improving in all areas
Jonjoe Kenny has all but cemented his place in the Schalke 04 starting XI since his arrival in Gelsenkirchen. The 22-year-old is also hoping that his impressive performances will help him to achieve a childhood dream.
“My goal is to play for my country one day,” says the Everton loanee, although he is aware of the immense competition for places in the national team, especially in his position. “Trent Alexander Arnold is playing really well at the moment and there are plenty of other quality wing-backs in England,” explains Kenny.
For now, his full focus is on S04. “I want to play as many games as possible here and put in good performances for my team and the whole of Schalke,” says the 22-year-old. He emphasises that he would be “absolutely delighted” if he were to receive a call-up from England coach Gareth Southgate one day. “Until then, I’m going to do everything I can to keep improving.”
Every time we concede there are things we could have prevented as a team. Personally, I want to find out what I can do to help my team in these moments.
The Merseyside man believes that reviewing previous games can be a good way to improve in the future. “I played a couple of games for Everton and learnt a lot from them and from my mistakes,” says Kenny. “I also do that here. Every time we concede there are things we could have prevented as a team. Personally, I want to find out what I can do to help my team in these moments,” continues the right-back, who has been frustrated by one or two games where the Royal Blues have dropped points, for example in the 3-3 draw with Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Becoming a better footballer and person
He is very pleased with his individual development both on and off the pitch. “Being here in Schalke is a great opportunity for me,” stresses Kenny, who is also keen to develop as a person. To that end, the former England U21s player has begun learning German. “It was difficult for me at first but I have lessons three times a week and it’s getting better and better,” says Kenny, adding: “I really want to learn the language as best I can. I try to speak German in some everyday situations, like when I go shopping,” he says.
It was difficult for me at first but I have lessons three times a week and it’s getting better and better. I really want to learn the language as best I can.
His social life is also extremely important for both his well-being and his development: “I am in close contact with my family and friends and they visit me in Germany a lot,” says the defender. “Their support has been amazing and it’s really important for me.”
Kenny has also been well-supported by David Wagner and by his teammates: “Everyone is helping me to develop and become an even better player.”