Kenedy has been much talked about in the first month of the season.

Unfortunately, the talk has all been about what he hasn’t been doing, rather than a repeat of last season’s positive play.

Like any flair player he is never going to be able to perform at a constant level, it will always be up and down, rather than say a central defender who can be relied on as a 7 out of 10 every week.

However, after doing ok against Tottenham on the opening day, it has been disappointing stuff against Cardiff, Forest and Manchester City.

He couldn’t play against parent club Chelsea and the sad reality is that the player Newcastle fans are looking to for that spark of creativity and excitement, wouldn’t even have been on Chelsea’s bench if he had stayed at Stamford Bridge.

It is now well over three years since Kenedy arrived in England and in that time, he has only started five Premier League matches, with the last 29 months showing only a single one.

In the international break the winger told the media back in Brazil that his intention/dream is to go back to Chelsea and win trophies with them, in response to that, Rafa Benitez says to have any chance of doing it, firstly Kenedy has to perform at a really top level with Newcastle.

The Newcastle manager makes the point that the Magpies could have a great chance of keeping the Brazilian long-term even if he does well, due to the fact that Chelsea are always liable to sign more players ahead of Kenedy.

With over £70m spent on a goalkeeper this summer and over £50m on a defensive midfielder, you have to wonder just how any young promising player can break through at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking of his current ‘form’, Rafa points to the time off Kenedy spent in the summer, his partner having a baby and the player having to travel to both London and Brazil to see them, which left him with only 67 minutes of action in pre-season friendlies.

With such limited options in terms of quality, Rafa Benitez has had no choice but to keep playing Kenedy as he struggles to get full fitness and as the manager reveals, has also been struggling with an injury.

Maybe the main message to come out of the manager’s words is that the reality for Kenedy, Rafa and indeed Newcastle United overall, is that at the moment we are all stuck in this situation under Mike Ashley and have to make the best of it. A squad that has seen a serious lack of investment with currently Rafa having to pin so much of our hopes on an underperforming inexperienced player, who the manager wasn’t even allowed to put a bid in for in the summer.

Rafa Benitez:

“It is a crucial season for Kenedy.

“Obviously he would like to go to Chelsea and win the league, for example.

“Fine, but it is a win-win situation for us, as he has to do really well here if he wants to have a chance to go and play there.

“Chelsea are a top side and it’s very demanding and he knows that.

“He will need some time (to get into his stride this season, as his partner was having a baby and it was a difficult time in the summer.

“Hopefully little by little it will settle down and he can be the player that we were expecting – he has to be consistent.

“He was doing really well for us for six months and now he has to prove he is someone who can play at this level for a while.

“I think he can do it but he has a difficult summer with the baby, she was in Brazil and in London, so it was difficult – but little by little it will settle down as he wants to do well and he has to do well.”

“I was trying to encourage him to carry on, keep working hard, at the moment he has problems with some pain in the groin and so we’re working on that.

“He has to come in early and go with the fitness coach and physio, he is not fully fit and perfect (at the moment) so we have to do little bits with him.

“My experience with players when it is so early in the season is…leave them just playing well and afterwards you have plenty of time to talk about the future.

“We can be saying: ‘If he is doing well, maybe he will go back to Chelsea’ but Chelsea may sign three players who can play in his position as well.

“Then he will see he has no chance of playing there and stays here.

“I think it is too early to talk about that(Kenedy’s future) but in his head, the main thing is to just keep playing well.

“At the moment it is a loan but we have a very good relationship with Chelsea, with Kenedy and his agent, so we are in a good position.”



  • Mrkgw

    Encouraging words “At the moment it is a loan but we have a very good relationship with Chelsea, with Kenedy and his agent, so we are in a good position.” BUT, without Ashleys backing then we have no hope whatsoever. For it is that which is squeezing every inch of interest and enjoyment out of the club.

    • Leazes.

      Keep reminding yourself of the rules that Ashley plays to….

      1. Maximum spend on this player will require breaking his minuscule transfer record.

      2. Loan players to fill out the squad means he’ll be looking for a loan as a replacement…..for a loan!

      3. He doesn’t have to justify his actions, that’s why he and his Chairman hide and run away quicker than Sir Mo finishing the Great North Run.

      • Mrkgw

        The Rafalution never started. Nor will it ever, while the odious owner remains.

        • Leazes.

          Tell that to Mark Douglas, I wonder how many copies of ‘Inside the Rafalution’ he sold?

          • Kenny

            did you get yours signed 😃😃

          • Leazes.

            Not a chance, shame it might be worth something in a few years as most of them were pulped.

  • Down Under Mag

    Kenedy has no chance of getting a game for Chelsea unless his form takes a massive u-turn. He has been woeful this season and it is up to him to change it around. We saw he has the skills, he just needs to focus on the right things now which is playing well for us and he will then get noticed.

  • robbersdog

    The irony here is that if Kenedy played brilliantly for us for the rest of the season, we have far less chance of signing him on a permanent basis than if he continues his below par performances.

    • CKO

      Why would you want to sign a player that has consistently has ‘below par’ performances?

      • robbersdog

        I wouldn’t; however, last season, Kenedy produced consistently good performances, he was instrumental in our 10th place finish, and I’m expecting him to find his best form sooner rather than later.

        The point I’m making is that if he became one of the Premier League’s star performers, then Chelsea would want to keep him; but if he was merely as good as he was last season, then we stand a better chance of signing him. Obviously, if he plays as poorly throughout the rest of the season as he has so far, then there’s no pint in us signing him.

        • CKO

          But he only played 13 games for us last season and in that spell, like all players, he had some quiet games. Fast forward to this season and he has been abysmal. Maybe he isn’t the player everyone was hoping he was.

          I just think the point you’re making is silly and unnecessary:

          “If he plays really well we won’t be able to sign him, if he plays poorly we’ll be able to sign him but that would be pointless…”

          Does the above not seem a bit silly to you? Because that’s what you’re saying.

          • robbersdog

            Yeah, it would be a bit silly if I said that, but I didn’t. But what’s really silly is the fact that you can’t seem to grasp the very basic point that I’m making, ie, that a decent player like Kenedy might be good enough for a mid-table team like NUFC that has an owner who won’t buy expensive stars, but he wouldn’t necessarily be good enough for a club like Chelsea which attracts world-class players.

            So, in summary, he’s better than Jacob Murphy and Christian Atsu, but not as good as Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. OK?

          • CKO

            You absolutley did say that:

            “The irony here is that if Kenedy played brilliantly for us for the rest of the season, we’d have far less chance of signing him on a permanent basis than if he continues his below par performances”

            That is not the same as the following:

            “a decent player like Kenedy might be good enough for a mid-table team like NUFC that has an owner who won’t buy expensive stars, but he wouldn’t necessarily be good enough for a club like Chelsea which attracts world-class players”

            Not the same. Not even close.

          • robbersdog

            You’re being pedantic to the point of idiocy. The general point I was making, and it’s a valid point, is that if Kenedy developed into a Premier League star whilst at NUFC, then we wouldn’t have a chance of signing him – so it’s a double-edged sword. And implicit in that same point is the premise that if he turns out to be rubbish, then we wouldn’t want to sign him anyway. That’s a given, but it wasn’t my primary point, as you seem to be implying.

            Have you seen Monty Python’s ‘Argument Clinic’ sketch? It’s on YouTube. That’s what this exchange reminds me of, so let’s just leave it. But if it makes you feel like you’ve ‘won’, I’m very, very sorry that I didn’t make my point as clearly as perhaps I could’ve done, and I’ll try and do better in the future.

          • CKO

            I’m not being pedantic, you tried to completely change the subject matter of your comment. You can’t play the pedantic card when you get called out for lying.

            Now that you’re back on track to the original point you made I will go back to my original criticism:

            ‘if Kenedy developed into a Premier League star whilst at NUFC, then we wouldn’t have a chance of signing him – so it’s a double-edged sword’

            As I said in my second comment, ‘I just think the point you’re making is silly and unnecessary’, all you are doing is describing a loan transfer, the same point can be made for every single played loaned out at another club. It’s just silly and unnecessary.

  • mactoon

    We aren’t in a good position to sign Kenedy because Ashley won’t pay £20 million for him

  • Leazes.

    Nice of the player to give his statement of intentions before anyone gets a chance to become endeared by him an get his name put on the back of their shirt!

    Nice one Kenedy!

    • mactoon

      Our club shop probably does a nice Chelsea shirt with Kenedy’s name on the back

      • Leazes.

        We don’t have a ‘club shop’….. it a S***** D***** Outlet with a different name over the door!

        Ashley closed all the club shops down!

        • Kenny

          another stroke pulled

        • mactoon

          sorry, I should have pointed out that my post was sarcastic! That’s why I said ‘our’ club shop would be stocking Chelsea tops.
          I’ll get me coat

  • SuperDesHamilton

    I’ve got more chance of getting a game regularly for Chelsea than Kenedy

  • Kenny

    He’ll never be a regular for Chelsea as Des says and he’ll be replaced at Newcastle by another loan player as stated by leazes,
    The Fat Rat will not pay the money for him in any case

  • Mike

    As much chance of buying him as cashleyou leaving