Very disappointing news this Monday morning that Newcastle will probably miss out on getting Kenedy in on loan from Chelsea for the second transfer window running.
The 21-year-old left-sided midfielder had looked the most likely to arrive this month, but the news in the Northern Echo and London press is that Antonio Conte wants to keep Kenedy at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season as backup.
The initial agreement this time was that Kenedy would come to Newcastle last week, but that didn’t happen, which explains Rafa’s comment of late last week that he expected to sign a player week but couldn’t.
And sources in London are saying that Conte will not release Kenedy this month and that’s bad news for Newcastle.
It looks like the 21 year-old Brazilian will get a start on Wednesday in the FA Cup replay at home to Norwich City with the winner playing Newcastle at home on Sunday, January 28th.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
The only game we have before the 4th round of the FA Cup is at Manchester City and then on Wednesday, January 31st we are at home to Burnley.
It looks like Rafa will field a weakened team in that FA Cup tie.
This is what Rafa said over the weekend about strengthening the side:
“Now it is the transfer window, the next question is always, ‘Do you need help?’ The answer is yes, we do need help.”
“We will try to do our best.” “We are not close to anyone at the moment. The players that are already playing, all of them will be here.”
“The players that are not playing, it depends on each one, but if we cannot bring in players, then maybe we will not move players out.”
The priority must be that we remain a Premier League club this season and things are not looking good with four teams below us in the league over the weekend winning their games and gaining 2 points on us.
We are surprised about this season and thought we could avoid a relegation fight even with the team we had in early September.
But we were wrong, and now we are fighting relegation for the fourth time in the last five PL seasons.
It’s just not good enough for a club as big and famous as Newcastle.
But that’s what’s happened.
The hope is that Rafa can still bring in three or four good players in the next two weeks – somehow.