Rafa Pays Kenedy A Huge Compliment – Can We Sign Him This Summer?

We lost our fourth game in a row last night at Wembley against Tottenham but our lads played really well, and we had some good chances in that first half – that we didn’t take.

It’s a familiar refrain for the last two seasons that we create many chances but cannot seem to convert enough of those chances.

That’s one reason Rafa wants to bring in at least one top striker this summer, and he will cost over £20M.

Our last game is on Sunday against Chelsea, and it would be great if we can win that game and secure 10th place.

Kenedy with Robert Kenedy during the win over Arsenal

But even if don’t celebrations are in order after the game and those who will be at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon – make sure you tell Rafa he has to stay at the club!!


It’s evident from the way he talks that Rafa wants to stay on Tyneside as the Newcastle manager – if only Ashley will give him what he needs – and quickly too.

Rafa has talked to the local press about Robert Kenedy who played his last game for us last night and then the gaffer goes on talking about Shelvey and the previous four games:

“He has been great for us.”  “He has given us confidence on the ball, passes, good deliveries at set pieces.”

“And he has been very positive for the team and the second half of our season.”

“If we have time on the ball for Jonjo Shelvey he can make things happen.”

“He is a different kind of midfielder. These different types of players give you different options, and we need more of them.”

“It is not easy to carry on with five games to play (once we were safe).”  “In the games that we couldn’t win, we were very close.”

“The last game against Watford, in the first half we didn’t play well, but in the second half we had a great reaction.”

“Against Tottenham, from the first minute until the last you could see from the touchline they were doing what they had to do – and we deserve credit for that.”

It’s got to feel good for Kenedy to have a world-class and renowned manager like Rafa Benitez saying the youngster has been great for Newcastle this year.

Kenedy started the last 13 games for us and helped Newcastle reach safety; that’s after the youngster played only 7 times for Chelsea over the previous two seasons.

We are hoping to see him back at Newcastle for next season, but there will be other top clubs after him.

It seems the Blues are willing to sell, but it will cost us more than £20M for him.

Sign him up!

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5 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 10, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Murphy looked a hell of a lot better on the left wing rather than the right wing whenever I have watched him would have been interesting to see him and Kennedy as inverted wingers coming in on their strong foot for a few games!

  • Tsunki

    May 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Life would be boring if we couldn’t fire a couple of missiles at each other now and then. That right, Jib?


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    You are really a funny guy Betsy…the Lil’ Sebastian of this blog…

    …did you take that senior course in how to do a google search and copy paste? You are really getting good at it 😉


  • RobLeenio

    May 10, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    LCBP, inverted wingers are great if you have overlapping full backs who can fire in accurate crosses. Not sure that we do, with due respect to Yedlin and Dummett who have other strengths. It would have been a decent experiment, though. Maybe next season if Rafa gets the reinforcements he wants.

  • RobLeenio

    May 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    jesper, why do you persist with this Lil Sebastian reference? Nobody here gets it. It’s the epitome of dull….


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