It was a surprise to many that Chelsea did not bring in another left wing-back this summer and they were left frustrated by the failure in getting Alex Sandro from Juventus.
Marcos Alonso is the only recognised player in that position as a starter, while Baba Rahman has been left out of Chelsea’s Premier League squad for the beginning of this season despite almost recovering from his long term injury.
So who will be the back-up to Alonso for Antonio Conte this season with Premier League and Champions League campaigns to contend with?
It was no secret that Chelsea wanted to loan at Kenedy, especially after the controversy he was embroiled in during their pre-season tour of China.
However, his proposed move to Newcastle United never materialised as the pursuits of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Sandro fell short and the Blues couldn’t bring them in.
Kenedy, as a left-footer, is the natural back-up in the role and Blues fans will no doubt see him in the Carabao Cup and early stages of the FA Cup. the question mark is whether or not he is ready for Premier League action for Chelsea.
The new summer signing is no doubt going to be pushing for the right wing-back role against Victor Moses, who could lose his place to the Italian international.
The 25-year-old’s distribution and pace is his prize asset, and could that be lost if he is asked to play out on the left?
He is definitely an option for Conte to use, but Chelsea fans will be hoping the signing from Torino will get the chance to do what he did best for his previous club.
This is an option that Conte has used during pre-season and in previous games when Alonso has been substituted, with Cesar Azpilicueta moving out to the right wing-back role.
While he has the pace to get around the outside of the left, again he would have to cut in on his right foot to really cause much trouble for the defenders.
Moses has done a great job to make himself a wing-back, however he isn’t quite yet ready to be a left wing-back.
The Blues vice-captain has turned himself into a superb centre-back, but his versatility means that he is often used as a wing-back on either the right or the left.
However, when he was used on the left against Manchester United he was somewhat exposed, before being shipped over to the other side with Moses coming over to the left.
Also, Chelsea lose an attacking edge when the more defensive-minded Azpilicueta plays in the role, while they also miss him at the back due to the crucial work that he has put in during his time at the Blues.