Kenedy initially joined the Magpies on loan in January 2018. The loan was finally completed after a summer of hesitation by then Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
Kenedy– what will the future hold for this player
The impact of the Brazilian on the Newcastle squad was immediate. He brought flair and an attacking burst that the Newcastle side was sorely missing. Newcastle’s counter-attacking system was now lethal.
The team shot up the table in the second half of the season landing in 10th place. We remember this time as one of great relief and jubilation as another season-ending relegation battle would have been very hard to take.
Benitez was able to secure Kenedy for a second loan spell this past summer as new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri did not have him in his plans.
Surely Kenedy would replicate his second-half form from the previous year, propel the Newcastle side into the top half, and etch his name in Geordie lore.
It was not meant to be. Kenedy has struggled all season long rarely unleashing the threat he posed the prior year. Gone were the mazy runs up the pitch and the intuitive flair we had once witnessed.
He has now become surplus at Newcastle. Relegated to some late substitution appearances. How could it have gone so wrong for Kenedy?
Kenedy is a confidence player and his confidence may have been destroyed with a penalty miss early in the season.
Kenedy missed a penalty in the dying minutes of Newcastle’s away draw to Cardiff. The miss cost the Magpies two points but it also cost them Kenedy. He just never seems to have recovered from that miss.
Kenedy will most likely be on the bench on Sunday in the final game of the season.
We hope he can get on the pitch in what would most likely be his final appearance for the club.
We are not sure what the future holds for Kenedy as he does not seem to be in Chelsea’s future plans but we wish him all the best.
He is a good lad who hopefully can regain his form and resurrect his career.