Thomas Tuchel believes Kenedy has a major chance to resurrect his Chelsea career in the second half of the Blues’ season.
The Brazilian full-back has been signed up for Premier League side Chelsea, having been brought back to Stamford Bridge from his loan spell at Flamengo.
Kenedy hasn’t made a competitive appearance for Chelsea since January 2018 but now has the chance to play a crucial role at the commercial end of this campaign.
Ben Chilwell’s season-ending knee injury, Reece James’ lingering hamstring problems and Chelsea’s inability to find suitable signings in January paved the way for the 25-year-old’s return to the west from London.
And boss Tuchel has tipped youth product Fluminense to take his ‘second and third chance’ to prove himself at Chelsea.
When asked if Kenedy now has a fresh start ahead of him, Tuchel replied: “Absolutely a clean slate. Yes, I can’t agree more. And I think he knows that.
“I have known him for many years, I followed him when he started at Chelsea and when he played at Newcastle.
“He was very impressive at the beginning of his career, but he lost the thread a bit, maybe he couldn’t fulfill his own dreams or meet the demands that everyone had for him in his potential. .
“But sometimes that’s life, and he now has a second and a third chance to be here.
“And that’s what it’s about, it’s not about the past, it’s about what’s happening now.
“He was good in pre-season, he wanted to go back to Brazil to try his luck there, and now we’ve had the situation with Ben and having Kenny and Emerson on loan, Kenny was possible and I’m glad he’s here.
“Now it’s his duty to get fit, we have to get him to fitness and then he needs a few minutes, but it will work, and he has to earn it.
“But he’s now part of the group, he’s a very nice guy and very talented, and let’s see where he is and maybe he can pull through.
“I think this is a huge opportunity for him and I’m more than happy to give it to him and help him make the most of it.”
England left winger Chilwell’s knee surgery has dented Chelsea’s momentum after the Blues failed to convince Lyon to allow Emerson Palmieri to return to Stamford Bridge in the January window.
Chelsea were loath to make permanent signings mid-season given the lack of stellar quality available.
Marcos Alonso tops the current list of available left-backs, with Malang Sarr able to operate at left-back in a back-four.
But Tuchel revealed he would probably see Kenedy as a winger first and foremost.
“I think if we play with the wingers it’s a perfect role for him, given his player profile,” Tuchel said.
“He has a very strong left foot, very strong in the possession game.
“He can shoot and cross very, very precisely. And that’s more or less that.
“He’s very, very talented, there was never any doubt about that.
“And now it’s about having the mentality and the right mindset to take that opportunity whenever he needs it. The wing-back role suits him very well.