Chelsea missed out on a lot of major transfer signings this summer before signing Pedro but one signing that didn’t come without much fanfare was Kennedy who came in from Fluminense for £6.3 million. Kennedy is only 19 years old and was not expected to make much of an impact.
However Kennedy has made two sub appearances for Chelsea this season in the Premier League and looked decent on both appearances. Kennedy also made his full debut against Walsall where he scored and got an assist.
Kennedy has had a good start to life in the Premier League and looks like a quick footed, quick thinking attacking midfielder. Kennedy managed to create three chances in his limited time on the pitch in the Premier League but in the absence of Eden Hazard and Pedro Kennedy had the stance to step up.
The fact that Chelsea moved on Mo Salah and Juan Cuadrado does make an opening which is why he’s managed to make some appearances. Kennedy could be a breakthrough player for Chelsea. He’s capable of playing anywhere behind the forward so could add something a bit different in one of the three attacking midfield roles. Victor Moses being loaned out also assists him.
Generally speaking Mourinho likes to keep a tight knit squad and doesn’t rotate too readily. That means that big Premier League outings may be limited for Kennedy, but clear he is someone who might become a more central figure at the club. With the huge amounts spent that £6 million looks like a snip. Kennedy has benefited lately from the poor form of other players and if he keeps performing when he’s called upon, as he has so far, he’ll find his way into the first team, or at least into the picture.