Rafa On Whether We Can Keep Kenedy – He’s Slotted In Very Well

With Kenedy’s two excellent goals at St. James’ Park on Saturday in the fabulous 3-0 win over Southampton, Newcastle fans are wondering if we have any chance of keeping Kenedy permanently at the club.

He’s obviously a very good player and he’s made a huge difference since he’s arrived on Tyneside.

And the lad is already popular with the Newcastle fans – they just love the lad.

Kenedy – can we keep him?

This is what Rafa has said about that as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“I have no idea if there’s a chance we can keep him after the end of the season.”

“I think, at the moment, we have to make sure we enjoy him while he’s here.”

“It’s more than his energy and pace, he’s a player who is comfortable on the ball. “His delivery, his crosses and set pieces.”

“He’s somebody who is different and he’s a player playing with confidence now. His goals will help that.”

“We already had a bit of pace with Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy and the ability and work rate of Ritchie, but Kenedy is good on the ball.”

“He doesn’t give it away easily, and he gives us more control.”

“He has slotted in very well, and, to be fair, the atmosphere between players is very good.”

“His confidence is good, and he has the possibility to express himself here. He wants to play football, and he’s doing that really well.”

“With him, any situation is good for me when you see a player with quality using his quality to make a difference.”

Kenedy would also do well to stay under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, who has lots of experience in bringing through talented young players like the 22-year-old Brazilian.

Kenedy is already a very good player, but it’s also very difficult to break into the Chelsea first team and get regular playing time.

Kenedy would get a lot of games at Newcastle if we can get him to join the club permanently.

He would be a terrific signing for us – he also seems a smashing lad.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #1

    It all depends on who the owner is early summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Can we honestly expect Rafa to stay and fight Ashleys relegation battles for the foreseeable future while his fourth and fifth choice targets are haggle over for months. It wouldn’t take long for the relationship to sour if we were putting up with seasons like this year after year.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    From previous, I don’t think it’s any coincidence that an addition of a top quality winger and a commanding sweeper keeper has seen an improvement in our performances, we’d have been home and dry had we spent that bit extra in the summer. There would have been no relegation clauses in the sale and Ashley may well have got his 350M.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking at that photo after he scored you can see how much it meant to him.

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail for Ashley

    I don’t think whether Kennedy stays or goes
    has anything to do with the ownership.

    If he keeps playing like he did on Saturday
    Chelsea will keep him

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa suspects this
    “let’s enjoy while we have him “

  • toonincheek

    Mar 12, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7


    He’s done well enough for us, but really not enough to
    warrant serious consideration for Chelski’s first team.

    Plus – if teh guy wants to stay, that counts for a lot.
    Maybe the best option for Chelski is to sell him to us
    for a lowish price but with a hefty sell-on clause.


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