Premier League clubs have to submit their squad lists for the upcoming season by Friday which has sparked debate amongst many a fanbase – none more so than Chelsea who have a dilemma of their own on who gets their final spot.
Regulations state that a club can only have up to 17 foreign players meaning that it is likely Frank Lampard is left with the decision on who gets in between Kenedy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta.
A number of fans took to social media to display their opinions with many siding with the Brazilian winger.
Kenedy has made just 27 appearances for the Blues, scoring three and assisting three more, since joining the club from Fluminense for £6.3m in 2015. Last season he spent much of his time at St James’ Park on loan where he notched up 28 appearances but only scored and assisted one goal.
Some supporters believe he will get that elusive final place in Lampard’s squad with one stating that the 23-year-old is the only left-footed attacker in the team meaning it makes sense for him to stay whilst another added that he had been decent this pre-season and will soon prove his worth in the early cup games.
One fan simply said it was an easy decision, emphasising the club should get rid of Bakayoko permanently.
There was some support for Zappacosta with one member of the Stamford Bridge faithful claiming he is the best choice whilst another said he would be the safest option when considering Reece James’ injury.
You can read the rest of the reaction below:
Kennedy should have it. Loan out Zappa and Baka….it pains me to add Zappa because I really wanted him to succed at the Bridge. But he's just not up to it.
— ??? ????? (@nii_amart) August 1, 2019
This is an easy decision, just get rid of BAKAYOKO permanently
— Ubothi????????Gumbi????????Khathithi???? (@zingisalanguza) August 1, 2019
Zappacosta is the best choice. Bakayoko isn’t even an option, and Kenedy doesn’t know which position he plays. If it’s on the wing, we’ve got: pedro, pulisic, willian & CHO. At LB, there’s emerson & alonso. Reece should go on loan to Palace.
— U C. (@hey_am_uche) August 1, 2019
Kenedy is the only left footed attacker in the squad and therefore gets to stay
— Ed (@Aidemond) August 1, 2019
Kenedy should have that spot. Reece James coming so we don’t need Zappa and why’s Bakayoko even an option
— Ali ???????? (@TheBeardedRauI) August 1, 2019
Clearly it ain’t Baka and It depends on how brave lamps is. Zappa would be a safe option given James’ Injury but there’s options for RB without him if Lamps has the stones. Kenedy would be 6h Choice for 2 positions in 4231 but could be an interesting option.
— Aston (@Aston_M_Taylor) August 1, 2019
Only Kenedy stays for me, He’s been decent this pre season and will come handful during the early cup games and matches we need to rest players. The others are free to leave.
— CHELSEA ALL THE WAY (@nbsulymanFC) August 1, 2019
As much as I would like to have Kennedy, he is surplus on the wing with Willian, Pulisic, Pedro, CHO and there is no back up on the RB for Azpi. So i am guessing zappacosta stays and Kennedy goes along with Baka
— Neil T (@NeilNotAmstrong) August 1, 2019