Having climbed to 35 points and the likes of Southampton, Stoke and Huddersfield seemingly in freefall to try and join West Brom in the Championship, I think it isn’t premature for Newcastle fans to be able to have at least a brief glance at what could/should happen if/when the team confirm Premier League safety.

It is now only 41 days until this Premier League campaign ends and then the transfer window frenzy is quickly set to begin.

The transfer window opening and closing earlier than ever before [in this current era], a World Cup to complicate things, there can be no repeat of the United boss being messed around once again.

Like never before do Newcastle need to be prepared to hit key targets early and back Rafa Benitez in bringing in the players he believes will improve the team next season.

Ironically, two new signings who will definitely improve this Newcastle team, are already here.

Only a fool would deny that Martin Dubravka and Kenedy have been key players in this recent upsurge of form and results.

The keeper has kept three clean sheets in five starts and helped the team pick up 10 points from a possible 15, whilst our Chelsea loan signing has contributed two goals and two assists in seven games – as well as his all-round game play.

A permanent deal for Dubravka has already been agreed, a figure of £4m being  widely reported. So as long as Newcastle stay up, the goalkeeping position looks to be in safe hands at a bargain price.

As for Kenedy, it is a little more complicated, as his temporary move was purely a loan deal, with no buying fee agreed.

However, Rafa Benitez was keen to talk (see below) before and after Saturday’s win about the winger’s contribution, whilst Kenedy himself told Brazilian media (see below) last week that he was keen to stay if a deal could be agreed between the two clubs.

This is an open goal for me.

Kenedy is far from the finished article but has already shown he gives this Newcastle side so much of what it has been lacking going forward, with the promise of plenty more to come from him.

Creative players, and goalscorers, are by far the hardest ones to recruit at Premier League level, so to let this one slip away would be criminal.

Last season, the 16 May 2017 saw it widely reported that a permanent £6m transfer for Christian Atsu had been agreed by all parties.

We are now only six weeks away from that date a year later and if Newcastle don’t have an agreement in place for the Brazilian by then, my optimism for the summer will be very much in decline.

Yes Chelsea aren’t going to give us him on the cheap but that is the reality, if the team is going to grow from this point forward, we desperately need to improve the team/squad going forward, in a number of positions.

If/when safety is reached, then straight away contact should be made with Chelsea to sort the deal.

This is a player who is already at the club, is playing very well, enjoying it, has respect for the manager, playing in front of over 50,000 fans…

If we can’t convince him to sign and get the deal done with Chelsea, I don’t see how you could then believe that it would then be possible to source an alternative who would be anywhere near as good and complete a deal.

I have no doubt that once the season is wrapped up, Kenedy will be intending to head off home to Brazil for a big reunion with friends and family, reflecting on a great introduction to the Premier League with Newcastle United.

Before he takes that trip we need the deal done, here’s hoping/expecting.

Rafa Benitez before the game against Huddersfield:

“When you talk about Kenedy, the deliveries, the passes, the free-kicks, the corners, he gives us something apart from the goals.

“He was giving us something different that was helping the rest of the team.”

Rafa Benitez after the win over Huddersfield:

“With Kenedy, when he has the ball, we know that he’s a Brazilian player who likes to play.

“He is not scared on the ball, and that’s a big difference.

“Sometimes, you are in a rush or under pressure or the excitement doesn’t allow you to think clearly, but with him, you know you have that.

“He has scored goals, given assists and had the composure for the pass [for Perez’ winner on Saturday], that was the key.”

The Mag – Friday 30 March – Kenedy speaking to UOL in Brazil:

“This new phase [of my career] in Newcastle’s shirt makes me very happy.

“It is very difficult for a player to stay out of action for a long time [as has happened at Chelsea], even more difficult to get back into the rhythm of the Premier League.”

Make the loan deal at Newcastle a permanent one?:

“If it’s good for everyone, it would be a pleasure to continue wearing the shirt of this great team.”

Rafa Benitez influence:

“He insists that I learn to speak English.

“He acts towards me like a father and I learn a lot from him.”

In the footsteps of Newcastle’s 80s cult hero Mirandinha:

“I did not get a chance to see him play but the stories I heard about him, tell me that he was a great player.

“I will fight to be another Brazilian to have the name remembered at Newcastle just as well.”

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  • Jezza

    Do you really think there is the slightest possibility of Ashley releasing funds from the profits to sign Kenedy on a permanent deal?

    • Leazes.

      No not at all…. he said so.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Many rimes

    • mactoon

      No I don’t.

      Over on the Chronicle they are discussing what they are going to spend the £121 million transfer kitty on!

      Dream on!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        That`s Ryder & his bunch of idiots

        • Leicester Mag

          Someone needs to take the crayons off this ballsac

      • Jezza

        £121 million eh? Should be enough to invest in some significant S****s D****t expansion into the overseas markets with enough left over for a new yacht, a villa in the Caribean and a year’s worth of high stakes flutters on the roulette table.

        • csh

          and also the cleaning bill for the next fireplace he vomits into…

        • Rich Lawson

          Read the other day that he is looking at buying up empty ”
          Toys R Us” shops for SD,so the money will come in handy ?

          • Jezza

            There you go. That’s the Lascelles transfer fee spoken for.

    • magpiefifer

      Jezza, in my dreams our owner is not Ashley – if only!!!!!?

  • TheFatController

    Mourinho did actually use Kenedy in the PL 2 years ago, it’s Conte that doesn’t fancy him.

    Given Conte looks like he’s off, that may then be a massive complication. When Rafa and Mourinho fancy you as a PL player, it’s unlikely we’ll get another Conte at Chelsea that doesn’t …

  • Paul Patterson

    I think we will draw against Arsenal and beat West Brom to ensure safety. However, it’s vital we keep Dubravka and Kenedy and it won’t cost a great deal in the scheme of things (£24m in total?). To sort out two positions for reasonably cheap, such an opportunity doesn’t present itself very often. Over to the owner . .

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Yes we should sign Kenedy but when we strengthen the team more players like Merino and Murphy may not make the squad never mind the team. That is £22m which could have been spent on a striker. Think Merino is a class player why does Rafa spent a lot of money on players and not play them. Think there will be another fifty sixty million to spend and £15m for Mitro will mean money will be available.

    • Oldgeordie

      Maybe because some young players are not suited to the rigours of a relegation dog fight but with gradual development will be stars of the future.

  • ghostrider

    No doubt whatsoever that the loan players have had a positive effect on and off the pitch.
    Kenedy has a lot of potential but I also fear he could be priced right out of our league.
    Hopefully not because I like him. He’s a grafter and has proved he can do it for 90 minutes.
    Could potentially be a tightrope walking hothead but hopefully not too much.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Im predicting fifteen million. Perilously close to breaking our transfer record. A lot will depend on if we have new owners in place which I can’t see happening. Will fatso fork out fifteen million? Be a massive opportunity missed if he doesn’t.

      • ghostrider

        I’d fork out 15 million on Kenedy. I’d probably go to 20 if the truth be known but we have to be careful of a wage busting killer blow that could send us spiralling, so he’d have to be wage sensible.
        Footballing cool beyond his years and if managed correctly will be amazing instead of just extremely good.

      • Jezza

        Oh he’ll fork out £15 million no problem…..S****s D****t are looking at buying up vacated Toys R Us premises.

  • Paul Patterson

    Pardew booted!!

    • Jezza

      Don’t worry he’s already got his next job lined up.

  • Leazes.

    Why are you in total denial of Ashley own words Dale?

    Like Ryder, you seem to have learned nothing about Ashley after eleven years….and the chronicle has the cheek to say ‘five things we learned this week’

    It is strange that journalists should choose the path of lying to themselves as well as their readers…. although I gave up on them years ago it still puzzles me why you do it, I can only presume its to fill an empty space in the vacuum of cyberspace.

  • molend

    Just read this on an official news site: ‘[The site] cited Fatty as telling Amanda that the situation at Newcastle is starting to improve because NUFC has taken the initiative to ease tensions and put forward proposals for talks.

    ‘It is our consistent stand to be committed to the improvement of the team, in accordance with the will of late President William Mckeag and late General Secretary Lord Westwood’, Fatty said.

    NUFC is willing to talk with Amanda and hold a summit between the two sides, he said.

    ‘The issue of the improvement of NUFC can be resolved, if the others and Amanda respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace’, Fatty said.

    Can’t say fairer than that, can you? Our glorious leader is, once again, bang on the money

    • Jezza

      April Fools Day was yesterday, marra.

      • molend

        I was close!

  • Ba ba.

    Nothing and I mean nothing can be sorted at this club Until fatty releases decent transfer funds or he shios out. . I fear he will stay mess about, rafa will walk and Gary monk or the likes of will be at the helm. …. I hope I am way off the mark… Ktf 🤜

    • Jezza

      You’re off the mark with Gary Monk at least. It will be Pardew.

      • Ba ba.


  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    for Newcastle to sign this kid then Fatso needs to go because there isn`t a hope in hell of him providing the fee this lad will command

  • East Durham Mag

    Deja vu again Rafa wants players and Fatty will say you can have every penny generated by sales etc. Then shrug his shoulders and smile smugly and leave us in the clarts. Or perhaps i’m wrong, over to his supporters.

    • GToon

      No, you are right unfortunately.

  • Mike

    if cashley and co are still here then nothing will be spent

    • GToon

      Not even the laschelles money?

      • Jezza

        No that’s earmarked for S****s D****t investments.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Really, on what basis do you say that, it’s not happened before.

  • Wor Monga

    Look regarding Kenedy it’s all in Chelsea’s hands, they’ve sent him out on loan, for development, and that means to develop him to see if he’ll be right for their needs…they’ve absolutely no reason to be considering any sale of the lad, and the better he performs for us makes him more of a prospect for them…

    …Atsu was different because with him they were open to a sale clause when he came out on loan to us, but this Brazilian lad is already at a different level in the PL than Atsu is right now…

    …so although we all want the lad, it’s totally out of the hands of the NUFC!!!

    • Albert Stubbins

      Atsu disappeared down another dead end on Saturday. Does anyone know if he found his way out?

      • Ba ba.

        Made the goal great cross.

        • Albert Stubbins

          True he did but nine times out of ten he’s way off the money for me. Gone downhill fast this season. Against a decent defender he doesn’t get a kick. Plenty of pace but nowt upstairs. Just my opinion. Yedlin. Ditto.

          • Ba ba.

            Aye has been a bit of a disappointment

      • Wor Monga

        Atsu’s high cross for Slimani’s head led to their keeper only flapping it on to Kenedy…which led to our goal, and that’ll do for me!!!

    • Cockneytrev

      I agree with most of what you say, apart from your last statement, of course it’s in our hands, offer what he is worth and stop piddling about offering much less than market value and we will get him.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        So what do you think he’s worth?

  • Grahame Johnson

    A few young players got broken when pardew lobbed then in at the deep end Ferguson against man u was one

  • gallowgate26

    Be interesting to see if Slimani plays six games for us (after Leicester) and what people think then about a possible deal.

  • chuck

    Throughout the years from Bobby Mitchell to a possible Kenedy, nufc has had some pretty decent left wingers and center forwards, fairly recently the two French stars,
    Ginola & Robert, were outstanding, soh ! hopefully we can sign this young Brazilian for next season.

  • 1957

    Kenedy’s future will depend as much on who is Chelsea’s manager next season as Benitez wanting him or the owner reluctantly stumping up the cash

  • Mirandinha9

    Kenedy is right, I was a great player. Just ask Stephen Pears and Jim Leighton about the two I put past them in both games. I might have been greedy, but, then so would everyone else have been if the only other option was to pass to Frank Pingel or Rob McDonald.

  • thewildchimp

    It ain’t an open goal…
    Sure, it might look like a sitter, but in front of you there is a big, wide, penny-pinching keeper with sticky hands, and your ball is made of 18k Brazilian gold. Do you:
    A) aim for the top right corner,
    B) go for the left bottom or
    C) shoot through the keeper’s legs?