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Whatever happened to that enigma called Kenedy?

1 year ago
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A 21 year old Kenedy arrived at St James Park 21 months ago.

His impact was immediate, making his loan debut at home to Burnley the Brazilian added the spark and direct running at the opposition that had been seriously missing.

Kenedy even won a penalty in that match allowing Newcastle to take all three points, only for Josleu to fluff it.

That opening draw was the first in a sequence of 10 Newcastle appearances that took NUFC from fighting relegation to early safety, with five wins, three draws and only two defeats. Rafa’s team picking up 18 points from Kenedy’s first 10 games after only nine points from the 14 PL matches that immediately preceded his arrival.

Between himself and fellow loan player Martin Dubravka, they had saved Newcastle’s season and Kenedy had also helped NUFC to play far better attacking football.

The left-sided player hadn’t excelled in every game but in most he was very good and in a few looked a world beater at times, in 13 appearances he managed two goals and two assists, as well as his excellent all round play.

What could possibly go wrong…

Summer 2018 saw Newcastle fans wishing for a permanent deal, the only problem being claims of a £20m valuation, plus of course the eventual realisation that Mike Ashley was looking for Newcastle to make a £20m+ profit in that transfer window, rather than splashing out any net spend on anybody – never mind £20m on one player.

However, Rafa Benitez somehow managed to get Kenedy signed up on another loan deal for a year.

Last season was quite unbelievable…unbelievably bad where Kenedy was concerned.

Rafa Benitez kept trying to coax something from the Chelsea player but if anything, he got even worse.

In the end he made 25 Premier League appearances for NUFC last season but only 14 of those as a starter. Rafa losing all patience and the Brazilian not starting another PL match after a particularly bad effort in defeat at Anfield on Boxing Day.

Kenedy ended the season with one PL goal and one assist.

After a season where he rarely looked like he was even that bothered to try and justify his place in the Newcastle team, it was no surprise when there was hardly a queue of clubs this summer.

Indeed the queue was invisible.

There were rumours of a loan move to Championship club Reading but not even that materialised, the transfer deadline passing with no movement.

In the end, a last ditch loan deal for the season was set up at the start of September with La Liga minnows Getafe, just before the Spanish window closed.

Things aren’t exactly going great…

Kenedy is still yet to make a start in the league for Getafe.

So far he has made just the four sub appearances in La Liga, playing 119 minutes.

The last of those in early October saw him given the second half with Getafe losing 1-0 at Real Sociedad, former NUFC midfielder Mikel Merino having given the home side a first half lead. Getafe coming back to win 2-1 although the former NUFC loan player was involved in neither game.

Kenedy has had some football in the Europa League though, Getafe playing weakened teams in the competition and beating both Trabzonspor and Krasnodar, the Brazilian getting an assist in that last one.

Set to turn 24 in just over three months time, Kenedy is no longer a kid and just somebody who is watching his career dwindle away.

He has swapped 50,000+ crowds at St James Park for ones of 11,000 at Getafe, when he gets off the bench that is.

I wonder how often wonders why he didn’t put a bit of effort in last season and then who knows…?

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