Kenedy facing January return to Chelsea

Kenedy may return to Chelsea earlier than expected after failing to make much of an impression at Vicarage Road.

The left-sided player joined the Hornets on a season-long loan in the summer amid much excitement but he has made just one substitute appearance and has not even been named in the squad for the last two games, despite having recovered from a knee injury and Watford’s resources being stretched by injury and suspension.


He would, at the start of his loan spell, been considered as back-up to Jose Holebas but he failed to even make the matchday squad against Leicester City when Holebas was suspended. With Watford short of attacking options at Liverpool, the forward again failed to make the cut. Walter Mazzarri was unsure of the Brazilian’s best position and now, we understand, he is not particularly sold on his attitude and application. The word is he could return to Stamford Bridge in January, freeing up a loan spot. Premier League rules limit clubs to just two season-long domestic loans.


Kenedy is clearly a talented player, as he played 20 times for Chelsea last season, but he looks to have fallen into the same category as Josh McEachran, rather than Nathan Ake, when it comes to the impact of players Watford have loaned from the Blues.


McEachran made just eight appearances in a half-a-season loan spell in 2013, returning to Chelsea in January after Watford decided against extending the deal. Ake, on the other hand, was a roaring success, winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award on the back of 28 assured performances at left-back. Discussions did take place about bringing him back for a second season but Chelsea and Ake wanted to see how he fared playing in the No 6 role at the base of midfield, something Bournemouth verbally agreed when options were being discussed. That plan went out the window once Jack Wilshere signed for the Cherries, with Ake’s first league start only arriving last weekend.