Chelsea outcast Kenedy could be heading to Fenerbahce, as the Turkish outfit look to seal a new left-back before next Monday’s transfer deadline, according to Fotomac via Sport Witness.
The Brazilian wing-back, who is adept to playing as a full-back or winger, seemingly isn’t in manager Frank Lampard’s first-team plans this season and knows he will see game-time limited if he remains put in west London.
Kenedy spent the second part of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Newcastle United, before re-joining the Magpies at the start of last season for another season-long spell at St James’ Park.
In total, the Brazilian turned out 41 times for the North East outfit, scoring three goals. He was sporadically used last term by manager Rafa Benitez, despite impressing on loan there the season before.
The 23-year-old has just one year left remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, so may head to Turkey on loan this season and then look at a permanent move elsewhere next summer as a free agent.
However, Chelsea would reportedly prefer to offer Kenedy a new contract and then loan him out, just like they did with right-back Davide Zappacosta, who last week joined former side Roma on loan until January after agreeing a one-year contract extension with the Blues.
Heading to the Super Lig this season could be a shrewd move by the young wing-back; at Fenerbahce, he would have a better chance of first-team minutes and be playing for one of the country’s biggest sides gunning for the league title. Indeed, the 1.2 dribbles per game (WhoScored) he completed at Newcastle last season would rank him fourth in the squad out in Turkey, while the 1 key pass per game he made in black and white the season prior to that would see him joint first in that metric.
So, while the numbers above are over the course of different seasons (Kenedy’s relatively low experience in major top-flight football may explain that), he has proven he can an add an attacking impetus.
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