Brazilian player Kenedy arrived at Chelsea this season with little fanfare but quickly won over the fans after his first showings for the team in pre-season. His effort translated into staying with Chelsea's first-team instead of being loaned out like many other youngsters, and he's shown on many occasions why he deserves such trust from the club.
Kenedy is a winger by trade and played in Brazil in that position quite often, but in England he's been used as a left-back. In an interview to Chelsea's official website, Kenedy said that adapting to the new position wasn't hard and he sees it as learning steps in his career.
"In Brazil I played on both sides, so it was not too hard coming here to play on the left and to go on the outside rather than coming inside. Playing different roles is also one of the important learning steps for me here and the best way to learn about those roles and add new bits to my game is by playing in those positions."
While Kenedy made a seamless transition from the Brazilian pitches to the European ones, he revealed that he's still adapting to the cold temperatures of London after spending his entire life on the tropical climate of Brazil.
"I'm trying to adapt to the weather here, but it's very cold compared to Brazil! I've been used to it being very hot all my life so it's taking a bit of time. It's very cold, but it's just one of those things a lot of players coming here from hot countries have adapted to and I'm sure I will be no different soon."
-Kenedy; source: Chelsea FC
Uniting talent and willingness to work, Kenedy has gotten pretty far in his professional career thus far. And no cold weather should stop him on the path of fulfilling his potential as long as he keeps this mindset.