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Why Kenedy probably didn’t cut it at Watford and went back to Chelsea

Kenedy’s reaction, or indeed lack of one, to a Watford penalty will hardly have endeared him to Watford boss Walter Mazzarri or his teammates.

Watford’s game with Manchester United in September was very much in the balance at 2-1 when Marouane Fellaini fouled Juan Zuniga in the box and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. The home crowd and the bench erupted, no doubt sensing a historic first win over United since 1986, but this was Kenedy’s reaction…

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Picture courtesy of @WatfordFocus

The forward made just two squads thereafter and mustered just 15 minutes of action before he was sent back to Stamford Bridge. “Kenedy went back to Chelsea,” said a diplomatic Mazzarri. “He was a player we never had time to evaluate because he was injured the whole time.”

Antonio Conte suggested earlier this week there was a chance of the Brazilian returning to Vicarage Road but we understand Watford are not receptive to him coming back and that the season-long loan deal has been terminated, with Chelsea now resuming paying his wages.

“There was this situation that Kenedy wasn’t playing with Watford,” the Chelsea manager said. “So the best decision was to come back.”