Jonjoe Kenny opened his goalscoring account for Schalke at the weekend, after joining the German club on loan from Everton.
The 22-year-old right-back has played every minute for Schalke so far this season, and is turning into an early favourite for manager David Wagner.
Die Königsblauen have endured a tough start to the season, drawing with Borussia Monchengladbach and losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in their opening two Bundesliga matches.
But they finally found the winning formula in their third game, beating Hertha Berlin 3-0 at the Veltins-Arena.
The first two strikes came courtesy of own goals from Niklas Stark and Karim Rekik before Kenny hit a first-time strike from the corner of the box to seal the points.
And, according to Wagner, the Schalke squad believe Kenny’s goal – the first of his professional career – was a textbook Englishman strike.
“The lads said in the changing rooms that only an Englishman can score a goal like that,” he said.
The goal was not the first of its kind for Kenny, with the Everton loanee previously managing a similar effort while playing for England at youth level. But the 22-year-old hailed Wagner for the impact he is having on his game.
“People know me for the defending, and that’s my main point as a right-back, but the coach has told me how to get forward,” Kenny said.
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“He wants me to get higher and he’s always got belief in me. So when someone has a lot of belief in you, you feel more relaxed and want to show what you can do.
“I’ve just seen the opportunity to strike it. I’ve scored one like this before [for England] and I’ve done it before.
“We have a lot of confidence but today it was massive to go and get three points, win 3-0 and I thought we played really well. So, it was a good win all round.”
Jonjoe Kenny! What a hit! 🙌
The Everton loanee scored a belter as Schalke beat Hertha Berlin 3-0…
Young English players doing damage in the Bundesliga! pic.twitter.com/yaRFUWYGPr
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Jonjoe Kenny in Germany: Five things to know…
- Kenny signed for Schalke on a season-long loan in the summer.
- The 22-year-old has played in all four of Schalke’s games this season.
- Kenny scored his first goal for Schalke in their 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin.
- He was the first Schalke player to score in the Bundesliga this season, after two own goals.
- And according to his Schalke team-mates, Kenny’s goal was typical of an Englishman.