Note – my apologies for putting Anderson in headline initially – must be the chemo getting to my damned brain – sorry – this article is about Kenedy.
If we assume that we sign Chelsea’s 21-year-old Kenedy soon and that he can challenge Paul Dummett for the starting left-back spot at Newcastle, then we think Rafa has only two players to sign this summer.
We still need a striker, and we need a playmaker, and that’s in case we lose Jonjo Shelvey to injury or suspension.
When we lost Shelvey last season, Newcastle did not look the same team so we need another creative playmaker who can stand in and come to the fore if Jonjo is out for any reason.
We have signed Mikel Merino on loan from Borussia Dortmund, and he has enough talent to play in the advanced central midfield position.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – must keep this player for next season
That would be if Jonjo is out and remember Isaac Hayden proved last season he is a rapidly improving holding midfielder himself under the guidance of Rafa.
To some extent, Mikel Merino can fill in for Jonjo, but we still think it would be terrific to get in another creative central midfield player.
The other player we need is a striker – an out-and-out striker who can score goals.
Our latest target Lucas Perez would be a great signing for us if we can get him into the club – either on loan or permanently.
That would give us three out-and-out strikers in the squad – the new signing, Mitro, and Dwight Gayle.
But we also know that Dwight is rarely available for a full season because of his hamstring problems, and indeed he has missed the last two friendlies with Rafa protecting him hoping he can play against Spurs on Sunday afternoon.
If Dwight did suffer an injury, it would mean we need to bring in two strikers – not just one.
So Newcastle may still have a decent transfer window if we can get Kenedy, Perez and a creative midfielder in by the end of the month.
What do you think?