Kenedy believes he is making a ‘connection’ with Newcastle fans once again
Newcastle fans were hopeful of Newcastle United making Kenedy a permanent signing after he and Martin Dubravka helped inspire the team to safety in their loan spells last season.
However, summing up the lack of ambition and failure to support the manager in the transfer market, Rafa Benitez was only able to offer a loan deal.
Amidst some far-fetched tales of the likes of Bayern Munich being interested in the left-sided player, Newcastle were in reality a perfect fit, a promising player but one who had still only played a handful of matches at the top level.
Whilst the loan option was welcomed as a next best scenario by Newcastle fans, the reality is that if he is a big success, there is no arrangement in place to help Newcastle sign the Brazilian ahead of other clubs.
The early stages of the season suggested this wasn’t going to be a major issue as Newcastle struggled, with Kenedy sticking out as one of the weakest in the team.
A shocker at Cardiff was topped off with a feeble last minute penalty that was easily saved, meaning only one point against the relegation rivals.
Kenedy looked nowhere near fit having only had just over an hour of pre-season football in NUFC friendlies due to getting extra time off to travel to Brazil to spend time with his new baby daughter.
With the team struggling and Kenedy so poor, it didn’t exactly help when he then gave an interview in Brazil where he said how his dream was to still play for Chelsea. Not a surprise that he might think that but not what fans want to hear when somebody is playing so poorly.
However, as always, if a player is doing it on the pitch then that is all that is important and recent weeks have seen Kenedy look back to full fitness and no surprise it has coincided with an uplift in form.
An excellent goal and display at Old Trafford has then being followed up with the last three matches bringing seven points, with loan players Rondon and Kenedy combining for the brilliant winner against Bournemouth.
The fact Rafa and the fans are so reliant on two loan players for creativity and goals is obviously not ideal moving forward and sums up once again the limited resources the manager has been allowed. However, as always we are grateful for small mercies at the minute as Rafa Benitez puts in place his survival plan…
Kenedy talking to The Chronicle:
“St James Park is a spiritual venue and that is so important for a player, to feel that connection with the supporters.
“It makes you want to play at St James’ more and more and more, it really makes me feel good.
“The fans are so important to us and they give us energy.
“It was important to turn that corner.
“We all went into the international break feeling satisfied, to provide an assist like that (for Rondon’s winner v Bournemouth) is very important to me, I want to do it a lot more.
“I am here to help the team with crosses and assists but I know my job is to work hard, the Premier League is a very fast league and I know I will be required to contribute to the offensive and defensive side of the game.
“The Bournemouth game was a very good one to watch for the neutral so we are providing good football for the fans.
“Two wins back to back at home is not always easy in the Premier League but we have done it and confidence in the group is high, there is a great spirit in the group and we go into the Burnley game on a high.”
“After the Bournemouth game I had given everything and I felt so good, but I didn’t really celebrate, I just went home and slept.”
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