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Kenedy Keen To Rejoin Newcastle But He Must Start Delivering

Kenedy is on loan for the season, but he hasn’t started this loan period like he did his first one in January when he was immediately superb on the left wing.

But it seems it’s a problem of confidence with the 22-year-old Brazilian wingers, and he knows he has to become more consistent.

Rafa Benitez hopefully will be able to help him with that, and it’s a problem with younger players.

Newcastle fans were hoping in the summer we could get Kenedy back permanently or else on loan and Rafa managed the latter – so we have him on loan for the full season.

Kenedy – in action at Manchester City this season

Kenedy was asked about returning to St James’ Park in the summer, and this is how he responded on the FourFourTwo website:

“I was always very keen to come back.”

“The first loan spell worked out very well for Newcastle and myself, so when I heard they were interested in bringing me back this season, I was delighted.”

“I didn’t play too much for Chelsea, so getting more minutes here can only be good for my career.”

Depending on how Kenedy does this season could well decide his immediate future.

If he does well and comes back into form, it’s almost certain that Rafa will try to bring him to Tyneside on a permanent deal.

This is a massive chance for the young Brazilian, but he must soon start delivering to make his football dreams come true.

Rafa Benitez has already told Kenedy that this season is a crucial season for him and he must be successful.

Kenedy has been used as an attacking force at Newcastle by Benitez.

But when he first arrived at Chelsea back in 2015 from Fluminense, he got a spell in Chelsea’s first team at left back and in the 2015-2016 season played 20 times for the Blues when Guus Hiddink was the caretaker manager.

And he was used at left-back by Rafa in the absence of the injured Paul Dummett last Saturday, in our 2-0 defeat to Leicester City.

Comments welcome.

73 comments so far

  • Black and white armpit

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Martin O’Neill… Ha ha ha ha

  • crawfordm

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #2

    So glad we did not buy kennedy , he has been utterly useless ( cannot take a pen , cannot pass to a black and white shirt, cannot tackle , cannot run and take the ball with him ) on a par with Perez for me ( and they are both untouchables )

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #3

    shouldn’t it read, should be allowed to deliver.
    we have played 4 top teams where Rafa has gave up possession of the ball, and when we do have the ball, he is starting from well inside our own half with only 1 to aim at.

    and you all know it

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I wudnt blame Rafa if we had signed him. You can only judge by what he does and he was brilliant last season. But the players are down. Can Rafa motivate and lift them?

  • mactoon

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Did I dream the part where he admitted he wants to return to Chelsea and play in the Champions League?

    Even if he did want to come here permanently (he doesn’t) does anyone expect Ashley to release £20+ million for one player?

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Rolando Aarons

    Dybala hattrick!!!

  • ToonLegend

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa out
    Pardew in

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #8

    I hardly obsessed about Townsend, I was angry that because we didn’t get a proven PL player who’s value went up almost 50% with that over inflated TV money because a: we would have ripped up the Champo with records points and had a much more enjoyable run in with him in the side and b; we would have had a ready made winger who fit our system on our books on our return to the PL. Ashley went with Murphy instead because he might have had a lot more sell on value IF he ever comes good.

  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #9

    You’ve just created much amusement
    with your obsessive response

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Micky, I was thinking the same earlier.

    If Rafa is responsible, it’s a positive move signalling Rafa’s long-term plans are still with NUFC

    If Ashley is reponsible, he’s lined up Rafa’s replacement.

    Putting that aside, I think he’s a solid appointment who will help our U23s no end.

  • ToonLegend

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #11


    Not being funny but you are weird.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s true Jib, more short sighted business practice from our portly owner which is surely affecting us now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2018 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Shut it welsh.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Kenedy is quality but is out of form / confidence. That will come back, he’ll show us what we were used to last season.

    As for what he said re wanting to play for Chelsea, what did people expect? He has to keep his employers sweet, no matter what he thinks in private. Let’s give the lad a break and wait and see what he can do when in form.

  • ToonLegend

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m not welsh.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #16

    What made you think I was talking to you!

  • ToonLegend

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #17

    I was talking to him, nice chap.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Absolute class from Wor Kev too. Nice to hear him speaking out about the regime as he’s been remarkably silent over the years. If he, Shearer and Chi Onwurah supported by the likes of Ian Wright, Jeff Stelling and Jamie Carragher (odd list of allies, I know) can keep our story in the spotlight, that will help our cause no end.

    I’d love to see him back at the club in some capacity. Can anyone imagine him as Director of Football with Rafa as Manager and Shearer as Attack coach?

    That’s the Holy Trinity right there….

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Ashley is worried by the bad pr caused by the protests at SD and obviously the removal of KK and Rafa “Hope” banners was telling!
    Why would he attend the last 2 games after 16 months?
    Big names are now heavily criticising Ashley’s policies; great to here Ian Wright speaking up and Wise’s latest defence of Ashley seemed weak by comparison. The EPL must hate Ashley who’s not even putting the money back in the game!
    One last thought; if there wasn’t some truth in the Kenyon story we would have had a denial by now as he is such a big name with a good reputation. Certainly not one who would dance to Ashley’s tune!

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Moony, yes, absolutely, he has no reason to go along with this story and could have easily issued a denial. There’s definitely some truth in this story, but it’s early days by all accounts so it could collapse at any time.

    We’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed

  • ronaldo aarons

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah I know. Quality player. If ronaldo and mbabu had been playing I likely would have watched that. Plus I had Man City on an accumulator so I had a personal stake in that. I’m glad with the outcome 🙂

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #22

    If only the potential investors knew, as we do what a an absolute gold mine NUFC is, if given the investment and a top manager.
    KK’s team inthe early 90’s was phenomenal as we know and we have to believe we will get that back one day!
    I find it hard to believe the apparent lack of interest, while money is thrown at Everton, Wolves etc. !!!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #23

    With Kenyon, I’m not saying it’s not genuine or if it’s just a pr thing. To me it’s why it was leaked and reported as breaking news that is the issue. Who leaked it and who does it benefit? Kenyon may be interested but since he has no backers or investors as of yet, it’s meaningless.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Our first win, (possibly against Man U) will come with a clean sheet, a lot of luck and a a breakaway goal or a penalty!
    It wii come eventually and we have winnable games coming up!
    Howay the Lads!

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #25

    If anyone can get investors interested it’s Kenyon. I mean he must have more credibility than Amanda!

  • Toonces

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #26


    Have you actually ever heard Rafa say anything bad about Mitro or in an actual quote?

    I am still surprised that the whole Mitro thing has always been kept very quiet. Which means to me I think Rafa just didnt trust him as part of his system.

    And for the record, I think Rafa got Mitro wrong. He should have played him ahead of Joselu or used him regularly as a second half sub. He certainly shouldnt have been sold without someone like Plea coming in to take his plaxe.

    But I don’t think Mitro and HBA are comparable. Hatem had a history of being a bad apple. Mitro just seemed to have his issues on the pitch but not as a bad teammate. Rafa misjudged how much he matured but I don’t think it was personal. Just stubborness about playing a young player in a key role.

  • L Toon

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Pizza? Relegation-threatened Newcastle needed talk in the summer, now they need action

    The time for talking was five months ago – Newcastle need action to prevent a third relegation


    Mark Douglas

    19:30, 2 OCT 2018

    It was be so typically Newcastle United for 18 months of fretting about Rafa Benitez’s future to be rendered utterly redundant by a third bruising relegation of the Mike Ashley era.

    On each of the two previous Ashley era demotions at St James’ Park the club has given the impression of not realising quite how bad the situation is until its too late. The late approach to Alan Shearer in 2008 left the Newcastle icon with a squad too complacent to galvanise itself; in 2015 Rafa Benitez got things turning but too late to catch a resurgent Sunderland.

    We’re now in October and the black and white agenda is being topped by a pizza summit intended to smooth things over between owner, hierarchy, manager and a squad of players that have managed just two points from a possible 27 so far.

    But it’s time to get real. If relegation arrives it makes all of this politicking about a new contract for Benitez look utterly pointless because the United boss won’t stay to reprise the Championship title win he achieved last time and Ashley isn’t likely to sanction a new deal with a £6million salary for a second tier club anyway.

    He did last time but it was a unique prospect: get us up and then we build. As it turns out, Benitez’s idea of building is quite different from Ashley’s and that is why we have arrived at the point we have: where Lee Charnley is trying to encourage the owner back into the fray in the hope that the mood in the boardroom at St James’ Park resets to the optimism felt on that day in May back in 2016.

    Whatever Newcastle’s players, owner and manager discuss at dinner this week it feels like it has happened four months too late.

    The time for talking was May or June, when Newcastle were in a position of strength. Now, winless in October, devoid of confidence and with a three point gap already opened up between United and safety, Newcastle are playing a dangerous game of catch up off-the-field against a hardening feeling that they are well behind it on-the-field.

    No doubt many of those at St James’ Park on Saturday will have erased the memories of the tame surrender to Leicester from their memories. A desperation to find something else but the football to talk about means that Peter Kenyon, pizza and Kevin Keegan are the buzz words for many black and whites.

    But there can be no escaping the desperate statistics that now damn a Newcastle side that always looked low on quality, even with summer arrivals that had played in the World Cup.

    Here they are, in their grim entirety: United have had the fewest shots of any team in the top flight (52), the least on target (18 in SEVEN games), have scored the second fewest goals (4), have not spent a minute ahead in any competition this season and have played the second fewest passes of any side (only ultra-direct Cardiff have fewer).

    The football has been grim, the team devoid of entertainment and for all that Benitez may point to a difficult start to the season the fact is United have not scored or dominated possession in games against Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Leicester. These are real, pressing problems that speak of a team that is going to have to improve markedly and rapidly or will be playing in the Champinoship again come August.

    The ultimate responsibility lies with Ashley, who presides over a club that made the complacent decision to withhold funds until Benitez committed to the club long-term.

    The theory was that they did not want to spend on players who another manager may end up having to coach and manage. The impression of the Salomon Rondon deal being Benitez’s first choice but not the club’s was difficult to shake – and the fact that it took so long to complete is a clear indication that the manager’s judgement was not quite enough to commit to some admittedly eye-watering financial numbers for a 29-year-old.

    Benitez, for his part, will have to wear the summer deals he did do which – at this point – haven’t had the desired effect of improving the club. Barring Kenedy and Martin Dubravka, both re-signed in the summer after loan spells, Benitez did not use one of his summer signings against Leicester.

    Granted, Federico Fernandez would have played and looks an astute addition. But two others were on the bench and one – Ki – did not even get that far. Three of the eleven who started were signed before he joined the club.

    What he is left with is trying to encourage players like Mo Diame – who performed far above their capabilities in the second half of last season – to ascend those heights again. It feels like a tough ask.

    Would that have been different if Benitez had got his way? Undoubtedly. Benitez’s targets in the January of the Championship season were Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andros Townsend. They were attainable and affordable but Newcastle pleaded poverty and United’s hunt for a number ten – surely the key role in the formation Benitez plays – has been a fruitless one in three successive transfer windows.

    He is working within constraints that have made it very difficult for him to grow the club as he wants to but Benitez is very, very good and his work so far has not been at that level. While criticism of the manager seems harsh, it is not unreasonable to contend that he, too, needs to improve if the club are going to draw away from the bottom three.

    Smart observers don’t doubt that he will get better – along with the situation at Newcastle – because the work done behind-the-scenes remains unstintingly methodical and sensible. But the worry is that Benitez too must feel beaten down by what the club has become.

    The point is that Newcastle as a club has navel-gazed almost from the moment the season ended with that uplifting win over Chelsea that sealed a top half Premier League finish. Now, with even a desperately out-of-form Manchester United looking like a big ask, we are talking about arriving at the Brighton home game after the international break in the hope of mustering a response worthy of a team fighting for their lives.

    It is all so desperately and utterly avoidable and now it appears as if United are scrambling to make up ground lost in a summer of discontent. It may only be October, but United have 38 points to find in 31 games. Food for thought in the week of Newcastle’s pizza diplomacy.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve said it many times (jokingly perhaps but with some serious undertones) that there is a special section in the ref’s. handbook that says they should give NUFC as little as possible on the field of play and actions certainly seem to give some credence to this.
    And if so it’s probably the MA connection?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #29

    I tell you man, this ref for Man Utd might as well be from Manchester like Anthony Taylor. Valencia should be booked, rashford should be booked and now he’s just booked a Valencia player for absolute nothing.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #30

    That’s fine, not saying he can’t but I don’t see him leaking this out or how it can benefit him.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    I reported last week , and mentioned that It could be Ashley’s last match (palace) as Newcastle owner .. I was informed about PK and him fronting a takeover and wrote “all will be revealed ”
    Jib ?

    A week later the News was leaked.

    Also a link to Mo Bin Salman ,,, that was just me hoping his Money was coming from the middle east.

    I was Surprised to see Ashley at the Leicester Match .

    Question ; has anyone been invited to the last supper ?

  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Mark Douglas
    19:30, 2 OCT 2018
    a squad of players that have managed just two points
    from a possible 27 so far.

    Really ?

    The Chronic journos are such a crock.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Just watched the U23 highlights and I reckon playing their forwards in the 1st team wouldn’t be a bad idea. Just a thought.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Someone else “obsessing” about Townsend there Jibbet, you class A buffoon.
    It would be footin hilarious if all the players ordered Bolognese pizza and just started chucking it at Ashley, I think the whole country would enjoy seeing that on You tube.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2018 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #35

    I bet you looked at the table first jibbery you fraud.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 2, 2018 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #36

    You know, we’ve not been too brilliant this season, but I’m going to go for us nicking a win against manure, then Jose gets sacked on Monday.

    You heard it here first.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 2, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh and Rob, Redfearn does have a decent history in managing academy players, and it would appear he’s happiest there, so I’ve got my fingers crossed it’s a Rafa appointment, not an Ashley one.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #38
  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2018 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Note to blog
    L Toon is one of Jail’s aliases
    You know Jail ?
    The guy that accuses everyone else
    of being a multiple.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2018 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Ivan Toney scores equaliser for Peterborough against the Mackems.
    At least someone is scoring goals.


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