'The guy is amazing' – Chelsea fans hail Kenedy as he and fellow forgotten man Ross Barkley shine against Watford

CHELSEA fans were left gushing over forgotten man Kenedy as he and fellow misfit Ross Barkley shined in the 2-1 win against Watford.

Blues supporters were left rubbing their eyes when Thomas Tuchel named Brazilian wing-back Kenedy in his starting XI for the first time yesterday.


The 26-year-old’s last Premier League appearance for Chelsea came in the 2016-17 campaign.

Kenedy, a £6million signing from Fluminense in 2015, spent the following five years on loan at clubs including Watford and Newcastle.

But he was given a shock recall from his Flamengo loan in January as cover for the injured Ben Chilwell.

Despite returning to London, Tuchel continued to place his trust in Marcos Alonso, with Malang Sarr also preferred at left wing-back at times.

READ MORE ON CHELSEA

Tuchel ‘keen’ on takeover to be completed as Todd Boehly was spotted on pitch

Play the Sun Vegas wheel for FREE every day between midday and midnight

But Kenedy, who is out of contract in 2023, took yesterday’s opportunity with both hands.

The ace, linked with Leeds United, was rampant up and down Chelsea’s left flank.

And Kenedy made a real statement when he assisted Kai Havert's opener at Stamford Bridge.

Fans were certainly left impressed, with many wondering why Kenedy hadn’t been given a chance earlier on in the campaign.

Most read in Football

NEW BEGINNINGS

When does Premier League 2022/23 season start? Fixtures release date

'NO CHANCE'

Watch Grealish's hilarious reaction as Keane warns him to 'stick with beer'

NEYM YOUR PRICE

PSG 'put Neymar up for sale' after Kylian Mbappe signs massive new contract

PREM FINALE

All the reaction as Man City WIN title, Burnley go down and Spurs land CL spot

FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS – BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS

Alonso is set to leave for Barcelona, while Emerson Palmieri is likely to depart once he returns from Lyon.

And Kenedy’s performance could yet give him a second chance, with Chelsea no longer needing a big-money signing following Chilwell’s return to action.

One fan simply gushed: “The guy is amazing.”

Another beamed: “Kenedy is balling!”

One said: “Where has Kenedy been this whole time? We’ve been hiding the Roberto Carlo regen all along. This guy is playing amazing.”

Another noted: “He is very good offensively, I don’t know why Tuchel doesn’t use him.”

One declared: “He is my favourite baller… why doesn’t Tuchel trust him more?”

Supporters also enjoyed seeing Barkley grab the last Chelsea goal of the Roman Abramovich era, with his 91st minute effort sealing a 2-1 win.

It was just his fifth since joining the Blues from Everton in January 2018.

And fans hope Barkley can yet force his way into the side.

One said: “Ross Barkley deserves more game time.”

Read More on The Sun

My BFF stole my hugely significant baby name & after her reaction we don’t speak

I slashed my gas bill by £25 a month with a simple boiler tweak

Another wrote: “Scored many important goals for us and makes his mark whenever brought in.”

One added: “I wonder why Tuchel never used him.”

    Source: Read Full Article