Rafa Benitez has tried to get Kenedy to Newcastle for a while, and he was finally successful in getting the 22-year-old Brazilian to the club on loan last January.
Kenedy and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka gave us that bit of class we needed last season, and we managed to finish 10th in the league – a superb achievement by Rafa, his staff and the players.
Kenedy has had a rough start to the season as Newcastle struggled in our first 10 games and picked up only 3 points – 3 draws.
A last minute penalty miss against Cardiff in August which would have given us our first win in our second game didn’t help.
But he seems to have his confidence back, and he provided a brilliant inswinging cross for Salomon Rondon to head home Newcastle’s second and winning goal against Bournemouth in our last game.
Kenedy scoring our first goal at Old Trafford earlier this season
His command of English is also getting better slowly but surely, and Rafa has always rated the youngster highly, and we found out why this season.
Kenedy is a gifted young player with skills galore – the type of players Newcastle fans love to watch.
While Kenedy is a will-o’-the-wisp type of player he tracks back well and he listens to what Rafa tells him; Rafa is like a father figure to the youngster.
There is an excellent exclusive interview in the Chronicle today:
“St James’ Park is a spiritual venue.” “That is so important for a player to feel that connection with the supporters.”
“It makes you want to play at St James’ more and more and more.” “It really makes me feel good.”
“The fans are so important to us and they give us energy.” “I am very happy that we’re back to winning ways.”
“Both the Watford and Bournemouth games were an improvement and we showed more of what we had last season.”
“It was important to turn that corner.” “To do it in front of our own fans at home was such a good feeling.”
“We all went into the international break feeling satisfied.”
“To provide an assist like that is very important to me.” “I want to do it a lot more.”
“I am here to help the team with crosses and assists.” “But I know my job is to work hard.”
“The Premier League is a very fast league and I know I will be required to contribute to the offensive and defensive side of the game.
“I will be back and forth.”
“The Bournemouth game was a very good one to watch for the neutral so we are providing good football for the fans.”
“Two wins back to back at home is not always easy in the Premier League but we have done it and confidence in the group is high.”
“There is a great spirit in the group and we go into the Burnley game on a high.”
Those are great comments from Kenedy who seems to be very settled at Newcastle – wonder if we can sign him next summer and have him permanently at Newcastle.
What do you think?