Chelsea may have another Piazon scenario on their hands after latest Granovskaia decision

If Chelsea are not careful, they could be in danger of sending Kenedy down the same road Lucas Piazon walked down for almost a decade.

Yesterday, Kenedy sealed both a loan move to Flamengo and a one-year extension on his current Blues contract.

From a business point of view, it’s understandable why Chelsea have prolonged the Brazilian’s stay at Stamford Bridge.

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They want to maintain his transfer value, with clubs still willing to pay for a player of the 25-year-old’s age and ability.

But in footballing terms, it seems bizarre that the Blues continue to throw Kenedy a lifeline.

Albeit a very flimsy rope, but still one he can cling onto, in the slim off chance Chelsea pull him to safety next season.

Piazon’s pitfall

There is a possibility that the versatile winger’s deal could be elongated once again if Flamengo decide against signing him permanently.

Which would mean teetering ever closer to the Piazon puzzle.

Lucas Piazon joined Chelsea in 2012, dubbed by many in his homeland at the time as the ‘new Kaka’.

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Some appraisal indeed, considering it was not that long ago Kaka had claimed the Ballon d’Or.

But unlike the Brazilian icon, Piazon failed to make a significant impact on the footballing landscape.

He hardly made a dent in Chelsea’s community.

Across ten years on the Blues’ books, the midfielder made just three appearances.

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In that period, he was sent on no fewer than seven separate loan spells, spanning six different countries.

Despite being constantly being chucked out by Chelsea, his contract cruelly continued to be renewed.

Piazon finally left his London employers indefinitely earlier this year to join Braga.

All though Kenedy is not at that extreme level just yet, there is certainly a danger he could fall into this trap.

Including his current Flamengo stint, he is just two loan spells behind Piazon’s unwanted record.

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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.