Newcastle United get Chelsea visit to discuss Kenedy situation
Rafa Benitez has revealed that he has been having discussions with Chelsea about Kenedy.
The winger, who turned 23 on Friday, has found that this second loan deal hasn’t gone exactly according to plan.
Kenedy has made 14 Premier League starts but none in the seven weeks since having a really poor game at Anfield on Boxing Day. Just one of many poor displays this season.
The Chelsea loan player has even been left out of the matchday squad altogether at times and with Rafa having an almost full squad to choose from at Wolves tonight, Kenedy could be lucky to even be on the bench.
Newcastle lost 2-1 at Chelsea in January and Rafa Benitez confirms he spoke to his former club about the player’s situation then, though he also revealed that Paulo Ferreira had visited Newcastle’s training ground as well, to discuss Kenedy not getting much/any football.
In this bizarre world of modern day football, Chelsea actually employ two people whose sole job it is to liaise with clubs where they have players on loan.
Former players Ferreira and Eddie Newton have the title of ‘Loan player technical coaches’ and with a ridiculous 40 Chelsea players out on loan, they have plenty of liaising to do.
Rafa is obviously desperate to coax something out of Kenedy as he proved vital to Newcastle’s survival bid last season.
Difficult to see him getting many chances in these remaining three months and all but impossible to envisage the Brazilian being here again next season.
However, funnier things have happened and now it is down to Kenedy himself. Despite playing really poorly early this season, the left footer told media in Brazil that his dream still was to establish himself at Chelsea, but playing for anybody in the Premier League is looking a tough ask unless he bounces back to form.
“Yes…Paulo Ferreira, who normally follows their players on loan, he was here [visiting Newcastle’s training ground].
“We have been talking and when we were there [playing at Chelsea in January], we were talking with them.
“They know he is not playing at the same level because they can see him when he comes on the pitch.”
On Kenedy, Rafa Benitez asked whether Chelsea had been questioning why he hadn’t been playing:
“Everybody could see his potential, so this year, he has to reach his level again and he’s working trying to do that.
“We will see if we can give him his chance.
“Each year is different.
“At the beginning, he was taking some time to settle down here again, they had another baby, so it was taking some time and now he has to start again.
“He has the potential, we have seen that, so it is not someone telling you.
“We have seen here how good he is and he has to go back to his level.”
Chelsea official site:
‘Eddie Newton returned to his role as loan player technical coach in the summer of 2016 having been assistant first team coach under Guus Hiddink in for the second half of the previous season.
‘In his role as Chelsea’s loan player technical coach, he works predominantly with our players out on loan, liaising closely with them and coaching staff at their temporary clubs.’
‘Since hanging up his boots, Ferreira has returned to Chelsea and now works with Eddie Newton as a technical coach to our loan players.’
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