The journey of any professional footballer is seldom made without any set-backs – whether that’s down to injuries, rejection or off-field controversy.
Kenedy is a player who understands at least two of those subjects well, having been forced to climb the ladder for a second time after initially bursting on to the scene with Chelsea.
Still registered at Stamford Bridge, the winger turned full-back welcomed Manchester United to Spain tonight as he and plucky Granada targeted a prized Europa League scalp.
It’s a first-leg clash which is sure to attract the interest of his parent club – and Chelsea fans, too.
Six years on from his arrival in the UK, it’s been a tough road to redemption for the fleet-footed Brazilian, who came through the youth ranks at Fluminense in his native country before a high-profile move to the Premier League.
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Going against the grain, he promptly became a regular at Chelsea under former manager Jose Mourinho – having signed for around £6million ahead of the 2015/2016 season.
However, when the Portuguese was sacked for a second time by Roman Abramovich that December, Kenedy was cast aside by Guus Hiddink and he has remained on the periphery ever since.
Loan spells at Watford, Newcastle United (twice), Getafe and now Granada have since followed.
But it’s not only struggles on the pitch that have seen Kenedy, now 25, forced to endure something of a learning curve ahead of his biggest test to date – against Premier League big-hitters United.
Indeed, back in the summer of 2017, the Brazilian was sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia early amid fury on the back of two inadvertently controversial social media posts.
Posting a picture and video on Snapchat, the image featured a sleeping security guard, uploaded alongside the caption; ‘Acorda…