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Reports of Rafa Benitez desperate to keep Kenedy are scraping the barrel

2 months ago
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Kenedy has been the big disappointment this season.

The winger hinting in his 13 game loan spell in the second half of the 2017/18 season that he was a player of some ability and potential.

Once it became clear that Mike Ashley would not be backing Rafa Benitez last summer, the second loan spell of Kenedy became of the utmost importance.

In a team totally lacking flair, the Brazilian would be once again be relied upon to deliver that, even though he had been a bit up and down in last season’s loan spell.

In the 13 games Kenedy had produced moments of inspiration and some excellent games, as well as average performances and some where he was a little anonymous.

This season you can count on one hand the performances that have been anything but really poor, plus you might not even need all the fingers on that one hand.

In fact, apart from the excellent cross for Rondon’s winner against Bournemouth, I am struggling to really remember Kenedy contributing anything this season.

Rafa Benitez was forced to accept the inevitable as well, that keep playing the failing player wasn’t going to bring about improvement.

It is now nine weeks since Rafa gave the Chelsea loan player a Premier League start and now with Almiron and Barreca added to the squad, I would seriously doubt him getting another start this season.

Even from the bench, the 23 year old has only been given 32 minutes in three brief Premier League sub appearances since December.

However, that hasn’t prevented some lame local media claims on Friday.

Earlier today it was revealed that Chelsea are banned from signing any new players in the next two transfer windows.

The local media claiming that this could hit Newcastle United hard because Rafa Benitez could/would have been desperate to bring Kenedy to Newcastle for next season, either as a buy or loan. The implication being that Chelsea won’t let the Brazilian leave now as they can’t buy other players.

Kenedy was already clearly surplus to requirements at Chelsea anyway before this season’s abysmal form, I think quite clearly they would be happy to shift him regardless of any transfer buying ban.

They have something like 40 other players currently out on loan as well as Kenedy and many of them are doing really well, so no shortage of other players Chelsea can utilise next season on top of this season’s playing squad.

If Rafa Benitez is still at Newcastle United next season, I think Kenedy clearly won’t be.

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