Rafa Benitez wanted to bring in an experienced new first choice goalkeeper last summer, he also tried and failed to bring in Brazilian left-sided player, Kenedy.
Newcastle fans left wondering just how much even better this season might have been, if Kenedy and Martin Dubravka had arrived six months earlier.
Dubravka is expected to sign permanently this summer with a £4m fee already agreed, just so long as the Slovakian number one is convinced to make the move.
However, Kenedy was purely a loan deal, so Newcastle supporters now wonder if he will still be here next season.
Playing as a winger, the Brazilian has given Newcastle United a threat that they didn’t previously have, somebody willing to run at the opposition, as well as the capacity to score and create goals – already having scored two plus two assists.
Kenedy says if a permanent move happens ‘I will be more than happy’, the player appreciating the chance and help Rafa Benitez has given him.
As for the supporters…’Newcastle have amazing fans, they are crazy for the team…fanatical, beautiful, I feel privileged to be around them.’
Hopefully this will prove a case of for once NUFC being in the right place at the right time and be able to buy this young talent.
He will get regular football just so long as he keeps his form up and surely talk of PSG and Bayern Munich is plain daft at this stage, for a player who has still only made 14 league starts in a major league.
So many things to be decided this summer and hopefully Kenedy signing on full-time proves to be one of the success stories.
Kenedy speaking to The Mail:
“I am enjoying my time at Newcastle but obviously I have a contract at Chelsea.
“If something occurs [with a permanent transfer] then I will be more than happy, it is a good place for me – I like it.
“Rafa Benitez helps me a lot, every day.
“But the thing I am most thankful for is that he had belief in me, gave me this chance.
“I never imagined it would have gone so well.
“Newcastle have amazing fans, they are crazy for the team…fanatical, beautiful, I feel privileged to be around them.
“My first goal was an amazing sensation.
“When I saw the celebration in the stand, that gives you the energy to do whatever it takes.”