Guus Hiddink’s decision to name Kenedy in his starting line-up for the trip to Norwich City paid instant dividends, with the Brazilian forward scoring for Chelsea after just 39 seconds.
The 20-year-old picked the ball up on the left-hand side of the pitch, drifted past two opponents and rifled the ball into the bottom corner of the net past John Ruddy.
Kenedy’s strike is officially the fastest goal of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign, beating Matt Ritchie’s effort against Tottenham by a full 10 seconds. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5
Article continues below
If Chelsea beat Norwich this evening, it will be their third consecutive league victory.
The Blues are still unbeaten in the Premier League since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December, but the Dutch coach is only at Stamford Bridge on an interim basis and is expected to be replaced by Antonio Conte this summer.
Article continues below
Video: Kenedy puts Chelsea ahead
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Kenedy’s goal…
Kenedy's first Premier League goal
Chelsea signed Kenedy from Fluminense last summer for around £6.3 million and the South American scored his first goal for the club in September’s 4-1 win over Walsall in the Capital One Cup.
Tonight’s goal was his first in the Premier League - he’d only made eight appearances in England’s top division prior to this evening - although the youngster was filling in at left-back against the Canaries.
Hiddink dropped Abdul Baba Rahman to the bench following his mistake against Southampton on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho hailed the Brazilian last summer
Kenedy caught the eye for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against Barcelona and, after the match, Jose Mourinho hailed the versatile starlet’s ability.
“We bought Kenedy because we believe in him,” the Portuguese coach was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “He’s a very young kid that we believe a lot in, hopefully.
“We have conditions to get him a work permit because we want him. We don’t want him to go out on loan. I think we have what the rules demand to get him a permit.
“He was in pre-season with us without the documents so he couldn’t play the first two matches for us. Against Barcelona he had the chance to do it and even if it was a friendly I think it was the best debut for a kid, to play against the best team. It was a great night for the kid and a great experience.”
Should Kenedy be starting for Chelsea every week? Have your say by leaving a comment below.