Newcastle United flop makes first Premier League start in three years

Former Newcastle United loanee Kenedy has been handed his first Premier League start since 2019 for Chelsea this afternoon.

<p>Kenedy in action for Chelsea.  </p>

Kenedy in action for Chelsea.

The Blues host already relegated Watford to end the 2021-22 campaign with the side virtually guaranteed to finish third in the table.

The match will see Kenedy handed not only his first Premier League appearance of the season but his first appearance since a late substitute appearance for Newcastle in a 4-0 final day win at Fulham back in May 2019.

The Brazilian spent a season and a half on loan from Chelsea at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez. Despite impressing during his initial half-season spell, he couldn’t carry that momentum into the new season as he scored just once in 25 outings.

Kenedy’s overall record at Newcastle stands at three goals in 41 appearances for the club.

The 26-year-old still has a year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge though his future at the club appears uncertain.