Report: Tuchel wants to give 25-year-old Chelsea man a chance in pre-season, he's never played him before

Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants a good look at Kenedy before making a decision about sending him away from Chelsea again.

According to Super Deporte, Kenedy is being collared by Valencia for a potential move back to Spain following his loan spell with Granada last season.

It was a very efficient campaign for the Brazilian, scoring eight goals and providing six assists in 44 appearances across all competitions.

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He certainly sent a message to his Stamford Bridge suitors, who have yet to be fully convinced by the 25-year-old.

Kenedy signed for the Blues back in 2015 as a fresh-faced teenager from Fluminense.  

His career in South West London never truly took flight, but he was definitely well travelled whilst still on Chelsea’s books.

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There were loan spells at Watford, Newcastle United, and Getafe before landing at Granada last summer.

Not since 2018 has he played for his parent club. However, a silver lining might still be on the horizon for the versatile left-footer.

Despite Valencia’s apparent interest, Super Deporte state that Thomas Tuchel wants to see Kenedy up close and personal in pre-season.

Only then will Chelsea’s coach sit down and determine which is the best course of action for the player’s future.

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Currently, Tuchel has three recognised left-backs in his squad: Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri.

Yet, the latter two’s position is still pretty perilous, therefore the Blues may well need some reinforcements in that position.

Luckily for Kenedy, he can also play as a winger, so versatility is on his side.

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I guess it massively depends on what happens to Alonso and Emerson.

If one or both of them leave, I think Kenedy deserves a shot.

Perhaps he came to Chelsea too soon in his career and wasn’t quite matured enough as a player or a person.

He now looks fully grown, so why not give him another chance? I probably would.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.