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Chelsea loanee Kenedy ‘has great potential’

Kenedy seems unlikely to be involved in this highly-competitive Watford squad on Saturday as Walter Mazzarri says he’s still figuring out how to integrate the Brazilian into his plans.

The left-sided player joined on loan from Chelsea in the final few days of the transfer window but it is unclear how he fits into Mazzarri’s preferred 3-5-2 formation. Kenedy is even more attack-minded than Jose Holebas, so much so that he found himself the furthest player forward when Chelsea visited Carrow Road last season and he scored inside a minute. It is thought he could also fill an attacking role.

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”I want to play,” he said in an interview with FourFourTwo. “I don’t really care if I’m playing as a full-back or a forward.”

Mazzarri has spent the last week assessing the 20-year-old who made 20 appearances for the Blues last season.

“Kenedy is a a very young and interesting player who has got great potential,” said Mazzarri. “I am still trying to decide where he can provide quality. In the next couple of weeks I will evaluate where he can perform best for us.”

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Adrian Mariappa is a player Mazzarri knows even less about but he has been made aware of his deep connection with the Hornets.

“It’s important Mariappa was here in the past,” said Mazzarri. “He knows the environment, the club, the fans.”

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Owner Gino Pozzo, chief executive Scott Duxbury, technical director Filippo Giraldo and, to a lesser extent, sporting director Luke Dowling have helped furnish Mazzarri with 11 new players plus Abdoulaye Doucoure.

“I am happy with the club and the work we did,” said Mazzarri. “We have a much more competitive team and it allows me to make more changes if needed.”