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Rafa Benitez Makes Surprising Breakthrough With Season Loan Signing

There’s some surprising news in the Mirror that Newcastle has signed 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Kennedy on loan for the season in a surprise development.

Kennedy is the player who was sent home in disgrace from Chelsea’s recent tour of China as the news made world headlines and caused outrage in China.

Chelsea was forced to issue an apology for the Brazil U20 international actions while in China.

Kennedy posted some shots on his Instagram account and wrote ‘Damn China,’ and ‘Wake up China, you idiot,’ the second comment being a reference to a photo of a sleeping security guard on duty.

It seems that Rafa Benitez – who nearly always signs players who work hard and are of good character – offered the Brazilian first team football in the north-east after the player was made available for loan by his London club.

The news is that Rafa through his contacts got the loan deal done quickly – Kennedy is an excellent young player who lost his way this summer and hopefully, it will be a life’s lesson for him.

21-year-old Kennedy of Chelsea – signed on loan

When this news was initially reported in the Chronicle, they said it was only a loan bid made by Newcastle – but the Mirror suggests we have signed him.

Kennedy joined Chelsea two years ago from Fluminense, and he’s made 22 appearances for the Chelsea first team with 2 goals and last seasons he was sent to Walford on loan last summer but had many injuries and returned to the Blues first team squad last January.

This season will be a huge challenge for Kennedy, and he has something to prove at Newcastle.

And we are almost certain that Rafa will have inserted a clause where we will have the option to buy Kennedy next summer should he do well at the club.

Now we need a goalkeeper, playmaker and at least one striker brought in still this summer.

We think Newcastle fans will welcome Kennedy who is still very young and hopefully, will learn from his horrendous mistake in China.

As I said before we all mistakes in life and then it’s how you react to the errors that are then the most important thing.

Kennedy can play on the wing and is an occasional left-back so not sure if this will cover the left-back spot for Rafa for next season.

Kennedy will have an excellent guide in Rafa Benitez, and our manager does a lot to put players on the right track in life and make them into better people as well as much better footballers.

Kennedy is a good signing for Newcastle, and we hope he has an excellent season for us in the coming term.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know anything about this lad.

  • kilcline

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Look forward to seeing the comments “why are we loaning players without an option to buy as we are just improving them for the parent club”.

    Purely the fact we have a very short sighted owner who isn’t willing to spend money.

  • geordiesteve520

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Unless I am very much mistaken, this lad can play as a left back too.

  • Veltman

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Kennedy will be an excellent signing.Calm,
    great control & pass and plays like typical Brazilian style football.That left wing and the left back position is the weakest link and i think Kennedy will fill it perfectly.

  • m.a

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #5

    If he is to fill the LB spot(assume he is good), we need only another 2 players. A ST and CM. My pick would be Perez and Delph.
    Better if we can get one of them on loan.
    Once happen, then we have a good squad, competitive and strong enough to fight mid table.
    Financial constraint is everywhere and every business. I cant really blame MA this time around since we have so many deadwoods. Just need to change the policy of giving long term and high wages contracts.

  • Harley

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Wonder if this is our left back. Never heard of him but read he can play there but is primarily a winger. Was hoping for a specialist left back coming in but looks like that’s off the cards. Jesus, there’s just no money is there.

  • Thump

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #7

    There’s a bit of confusion about where this lad plays. Apparently he was a forward who was pushed back to the wing, then to LWB, and then to LB.

    Chatting with Chelsea fans about him last night and they reckon his excursions as a defensive player has ruined him.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Clearly versatile. Good option with pace and talent. I hope he can offer something different to challenge dummett. Him and atsu down the left with Ritchie and manquillo down the right. Am I the only one hoping we switch to 343 now. Merino/Hayden with shelvey in the middle. Mbemba/lascelles Lejeune Clark behind them. All we need after that are a number 10, a quality striker and in a perfect world a top striker.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know about that but in FM16 he was a very good buy for me. I played him on the left wing as inside forward and for 3 seasons he averaged about 15 goals per season. Excellent dribbling skills and can beat the man. Gets into box very often and good finisher.

    So he could be an excellent buy for us.

  • toontaff2

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Apparently, the Chinese demanded Kenedy was severely punished – hence, Chelski have sent him to Newcastle 👿

  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #11

    not going to very popular on stowell street is he ?????

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #12

    I wonder what our Chinese sponsors are thinking.

  • faithinnewcastle

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #13

    He is traditionally a winger/false nine not a left back I rate the guy bad time with injuries and breaking into the Chelsea team is a hell of a challenge bit of time with rafa and I think he will come good!

  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #14

    is he loan or a loan with a buy option ?????

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #15

    I meant keeper lol

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Wtf has Football Manager got to do with anything?

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #17

    @ Munster

    Football manager is a proxy for knowledge of football talent in the real world

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Not sure about this signing, seems like a Lazaar like signing. At least it is on loan and he is 21 so doesn’t count to the 25 man squad.
    I wonder if he could be used more as a striker than LW or LB. I think LB will be covered by Dummet and Clarke

  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Hibbit bet you did not see this one coming bro

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #20

    I think we have just had an insight into what drives a lot of the comments on here !

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Comment #9
    I don’t know about that but in FM16 he was a very good buy for me.

    Never to be taken seriously again

  • 9

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #22

    In my ignorance, this is a young man I’ve never even heard of before. From Ed I now learn a) he has previous for behaviour and b) he has previous for injuries.

    Good luck with this one, Rafa. (and I sincerely hope he proves a brilliant loanee)

  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #23


    i did mate if you read back through yesterdays posts i said Perez by the weekend one loan and one more buy before the window closes
    the loan fell in place a bit quicker than i thought !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i seen all this in my tea leaves yesterday morning

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Is it comfortable in your cave?
    Never heard of Kenedy !
    Ha ha ha

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #25

    OneAlanShearer- Yeah that would be exciting. But I seriously doubt Benitez will change his trusted formation for this hard season ahead. Perhaps he is preparing the squad for next season to play in a more adventurous formation or to have the option to change things around during a match this season. But I think it was Kennedy I saw a couple of times for Chelsea and was impressed with his pace and strength. I like the looks of the squad Rafa is building slowly. Young, strong, quick and skillful. Next summer transfer window will be very interesting.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Part of the problem is that Rafa is a bit like Sam allardyce. Likes to dabble in the market and feels he can improve players. But often he doesn’t.
    Problem is:
    1. Ashley is grooming the club for sale, hence Barnes coming in. So all big spending is an issue. I wonder if Murphy was the right buy now, given how tight we are with money. Surely 12mill on Perez makes more sense than same amount on a young winger?
    2. Carr killed us with dross after initial success and Fats hates waste, fair enough
    3.fats doesn’t understand how common and normal football wastage is. This is crucial.
    4. Rafa doesn’t always improve players and he could have done lots better than Sels, Lazaar etc so he made a rod for his own back. Sels was his first buy I think, at 5mill, and a straight flop. Lazaar seems like a stupid purchase too.

    We have to hope that there is, say, 20 mill straight cash available, which is miles short of what we thought. It’s pretty shocking stuff, particularly as clearing out the Carr deadwood like Riviere won’t make that much difference financially. It’s not as if they will generate much upfront revenue that we can spend immediately anyway.

    Fats is in full control and is showing Rafa that this isn’t a transfer sweetshop, it’s a sweatshop

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyone know why we left our young left back go to Switzerland? Surely if we were only seeing him now we’d be saying he looks strong, fast young etc? Did he want to leave?

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #28

    M’Babu said as soon as he went back to Switzerland that he didn’t want to return.

    you say
    Ashley is grooming the club for sale, hence Barnes coming in. So all big spending is an issue
    You then mention Murphy – make your mind up son.


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