Why Newcastle Is The Right Club To Play For

Pundit Ian Wright has pointed to a club like Newcastle United where young players at some of the big clubs should go to learn their football.

And he has praised Kenedy for doing that in January after an initial loan move last August didn’t go through because Chelsea couldn’t get cover in for the 21-year-old.

Kenedy joined us in January and has since made seven starts for Newcastle with two goals and two assists, and he’s looked an outstanding player under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

Kenedy – emotions flow after scoring a great goal against the Saints

This is what Ian said on BBC Radio 5Live’s Monday Night Club:

“For me, Newcastle is the kind of place that, if you’re a young player at a club like a Chelsea or a Manchester City, I would do anything to get to somewhere like Newcastle.”

“You’re playing in front of massive crowds and you’ve got the opportunity to play in the Premier League and get that kind of support behind you.

“Kenedy has done it – and he’s thriving on it, absolutely thriving on it.”

We are hoping that Kenedy will sign for us permanently in the summer and if that cannot be done then hopefully, we could get him on loan for next season.

Kenedy could have a terrific career at Newcastle if he tries to push the move through in the summer (hint).

It all depends how much Chelsea rate him – or should we say whoever the new Chelsea manager will be this summer who replaces Antonio Conte.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    But Ian, we’d rather that players would eventually see a move to Newcastle United as a step up from their current club, rather than a phase of their development.

    Repost and roughly relevant to this thread……


    The likelihood of players like Lascelles, Merino et al becoming unsettled depends wholly upon the direction the club seems to be going. Keeping them requires Ashley to be receptive to decent offers and not being greedy along with a willingness to conduct and complete negotiations quickly this allowing Rafa to do what he needs to do.

    As ever, the future development of Newcastle United depends wholly on Ashley who can either make it or break it and we must hope that if PCP for example are genuinely interested, they too need to be willing to be realistic about the nature of the current owner – he gives not a twopenny toss about the club, its employees, players and fans.

    Let’s hope that PCP or whichever are keen to complete a takeover quickly and Ashley thinks beyond his bulging wallet, accepts a fair offer quickly.

  • G

    Apr 3, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree Lesh, but for the here and now, its win for us, win for the player. Long term we have to be seen as the step-up though.

  • Jib

    Apr 3, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley who gives not a twopenny toss about the club, its employees, players and fans.

    It would seem Rafael Benitez does not agree with you and he is a lot closer to the club
    than you’ll ever be.

  • Jib

    Apr 3, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    or me as well

  • toonincheek

    Apr 3, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Kenedy staying with us depands partly on Rafa staying and
    partly whether or not he thinks he could get reasonable
    game time at Chelski.

    His contract has two more years with Chelski, so a loan for
    another year would take him to his last year with Chelski.

  • Phil K

    Apr 5, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #6

    It all revolves around Rafa.
    I can certainly understand the attraction of Chelsea for Lascelles and Kennedy. Lascelles has proven himself a leader and main man and he just continues to get better. I don’t blame Chelsea at all. Take advantage of Newcastle being hampered by Ashley. If it was the other way round I wouldn’t have any sympathy either. He’s shown commendable loyalty and is a 100% tryer for the team and fans.
    Its all about Rafa staying and strengthening the side, with Ashley but preferably without him


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