During the 2012 August 31st deadline day Everton signed a 17 year old from SPL side Kilmarnock. Needless to say this signing didn’t have Evertonians on the edge of their seats but maybe it should have…
Born in Irvine, Scotland, 5ft 9in Kennedy is a winger by trade though he has also been used as a striker. In 2010 Kennedy broke into the Kilmarnock first team squad aged just 16 and made his debut against Hibs on the 19th November 2011. The young Scot went on to play 14 times including a handful of appearances as an emergency striker before he was signed by David Moyes.
However it hasn’t been just at club level that Kennedy has impressed, in 2009 he made his first international appearance for the Scotland Under 15s. He was soon after moved to the under 16s where he made 6 appearances and scored 3 goals. In 2010 he made his debut for the under 17s and went on to play 13 times scoring 4 goals and in 2012 he began playing for the under 19s and has so far 3 caps to his name and 1 goal.
On signing for Everton Kennedy was given the squad number 31, showing Moyes’ intent on using his at some point during the 2012/2013 campaign. Kennedy is currently a part of Everton’s Under 21 squad and has already made his mark scoring 1 goal in 4 appearances for the blues.
Everton have a rich history of Scottish players from Sandy Young, through to Graeme Sharp and the iconic Duncan Ferguson, with nurturing and the right treatment Matthew Kennedy could also join this auspicious list of players.
- Right footed
- Prefers to play on the left wing cutting inside
- Can play the more traditional right wing
- Links up with attackers well
- Decent pace
- High energy levels
- High work rate
- Good crosser
- Skilful dribbler
- Composed finisher
- Flair in abundance