Will Kenedy be a Newcastle United player come August?
That is the major question at the minute for Newcastle fans regarding potential signings this summer.
The player has already stated (see below) that he is open to the idea of being at St James Park long-term, so surely this is a deal that will happen…
Apparently not, when you read what various media and pundits are saying, as well as many of the club’s own supporters.
The question for me though, is if Newcastle can’t/won’t do this deal, what does it say about where we are heading as a club?
Kenedy has done well for Newcastle, no doubt.
However, I think a lot of people are getting carried away with him, most of it driven by the media, with claims of interest from many of the major European clubs, as well as allegedly those in the Premier League top six.
The Brazilian clearly has got ability and definitely improved Newcastle’s team in terms of creativity and the ability to make something happen – but you have to keep things in proportion.
I think supposed interest from Bayern Munich or whoever of a similar status, is 100% invented.
There is no way that he is going from being a player who can’t even getting in Chelsea’s squad, to one who who would suddenly be playing for top Champions League clubs, it isn’t happening.
In the three years since arriving from Brazil, Kenedy has started only 18 Premier League matches, with 13 of them on loan at Newcastle.
Looking at those 13 for NUFC, I would say he has been good or better in maybe seven of them, excellent in a couple, including when scoring twice against Southampton, one of them showing superb ability and technique. In the other half dozen he hasn’t been terrible, just a little anonymous.
This doesn’t mean he is a poor player but it does for me equal the fact that he is a player with some ability and potential but still a long way to go before clubs who have their pick of just about any player, making him a priority signing at this point in time.
Yes, plenty top clubs would no doubt be happy to give Chelsea the £8m or so they paid to bring him from Brazil, then stick him in their reserves/very fringes of their squad and then see if he does make the necessary rapid progress in the next year or two, that could potentially see him end up in the first team.
However, this is exactly the point. This is where he is still at with Chelsea, why go somewhere else of a similar level and be left on the sidelines there?
Plus as well, no way would Chelsea be giving him away for £10m or so, to me the situation is pretty clear.
The West London club will either end up loaning him out again next season, with a very sizeable loan fee payable…, or they will sell Kenedy if they get an offer that tempts them.
Newcastle have to be the club that makes that offer.
As I say, Kenedy is no world beater yet but he is far above the quality in most of the rest of the Newcastle team, his value to us is far higher than it would be at any other club at this moment in time.
Rafa Benitez says Newcastle need to bring in better quality this summer and this is what the left footer is, if we can’t land someone who has already played for Newcastle and likes it here, then how on earth would we be able to sign alternative better quality players?
If Newcastle don’t show ambition, and quickly, then the kind of club Kenedy WILL end up at will be the likes of a Leicester, Everton, Southampton or Bournemouth, not Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Manchester United.
All of those clubs have paid £20m or more for a player(s) in the past 12 months and they will do it again this summer, Newcastle need to join them.
Great if we could get Kenedy (and others) for far less than £20m but if that is what it takes to land one or two key summer signings then Rafa Benitez has to be allowed to do it. After all, there appears to be plenty of expectation that Newcastle will be demanding at least £20m for Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer.
Kenedy speaking to UOL in Brazil – 30 March 2018:
“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.”