Since Kenedy came on loan to Newcastle, he has helped us a look a much better side with the Brazilian a threat down the left wing, and he’s already an outstanding player.
Rafa wanted Kenedy in on loan last summer but was unsuccessful at the time.
But Rafa sees things in players that other managers may not see and he obviously rated Kenedy from what he had seen of him.
Now some top clubs will be after the 22-year-old if Chelsea decide to sell him this summer.
20-Year-Old Tammy Abraham – will Rafa want him next season?
Pundit Ian Wright has talked about Rafa’s coaching abilities and how good it is for youngsters to play at St. James’ Park as they develop.
He gives the example of young Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham who Newcastle wanted last summer, but he ended up at Swansea.
In contrast to Kenedy, Tammy Abraham hasn’t had a great season on loan.
Here is what Wright has said:
“I was praying that someone like Tammy Abraham went somewhere like there (Newcastle) and I keep saying it because it would be an unbelievable place to score goals at and build.”
“Look at how they took to Andy Cole when he scored.”
“I watched Tammy come on the other day against Man United and I’m seeing some improvement.”
“But it is the kind of place under Rafa that with someone like Kenedy who he knows from Chelsea and he starts scoring goals.”
“It’s the kind of place if he goes there under Rafa with someone like Kenedy that he knows from Chelsea – then all of a sudden he can start to bring in these players.”
We could possibly see Rafa once again make a move for Tammy Abraham on loan for next season, but with an option to buy.
Our weakness again this season has been our inability to score goals and take our chances.
And Rafa could still believe enough in the England U21 striker that he may be able to get a good permanent deal for him in the summer.
That’s if Chelsea will sell after the young striker has had a bit of a lackluster season in south Wales.
What do you think?