The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting a busy day at Stamford Bridge…
One thing they aren’t expecting, though, is any more outgoings. Their squad is thin enough as it is, and they really can’t afford to lose anyone else.
Antonio Conte, seemingly, agrees with that sentiment, and whilst he has happily loaned and sold a number of Chelsea’s most talented young players – it appears as though he wants one impressive 21-year-old at Stamford Bridge this season.
According to Goal, Conte is keen to keep Kenedy at Chelsea this year – as opposed to loaning him to Newcastle – given the Blues’ lack of depth both in the attack and in defence. He is said to have made a request to the Chelsea board in a plea to keep him following Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision to pass on a move to Stamford Bridge.
Kenedy, of course, became a recognised name after offending supporters with social media comments during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia.
A loan has been expected for the Brazilian as he looks to continue his progression. He moved to Watford last season but struggled to make an impact and eventually returned to Stamford Bridge.
At 21-years-old, he needs to be playing regularly, but whilst that is unlikely at Chelsea, they can’t really afford to lose him without signing a player that can be as versatile as he is.
Kenedy is still young, but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League – having played fairly regular when Jose Mourinho was at the helm.
No doubt, he has struggled over the last year or so, but that shouldn’t take away from fan expectation. He clearly has a lot of talent, and he is more than good enough to succeed at the highest level.
It’s not an ideal situation for Chelsea, but it makes sense given the current context.
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