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Loan Star Never Recovered From Big Miss

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.

66 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll spare the three reposts.

  • simon376

    May 9, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    I can understand the lad being annoyed and upset for missing the pen, but if it has really hit him so badly it knackered his season, he is in the wrong career. A professional footballer should be able to put that to one side, get on with it and let the manager, coaches and fans know he is still one of the best around and prove himself to be even better in the future games

  • beermonkey

    May 9, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3


  • simon376

    May 9, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Totally agree as a young family man, he may have been worried and let down by not given a perm move at the start of the season, but once again, just get stuck in and show why you should be wanted and needed

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    He never recovered from playing his heart out last season and being told we didn’t want him permanently imo.

  • martoon

    May 9, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    If Kenedy wants to see how to cope with family problems but still play well then look no further than his teammate Hayden!

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail, there’s no chance, though if it ever happens I’ll give you full credit for your intuition.

    Besides, why would any manager put himself in the way of the petulant career-ender that is Paul Pogba?

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh don’t be ridiculous Jail. The player has a crap attitude and you blame Ashley because rafa wasnt allowed waste 20 mill on him. Just as well. Thus guy won’t make the most of his talent, end of.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think Pogba will be there next season and I’m not saying it will happen, seriously hope it doesn’t. I’m just saying it’s not the snowballs chance in hell scenario that some are predicting and that Ashley and Rafa need each other equally.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    You could say that if Gazza wanted an example of how to handle instant stardom then he should have looked to England team mate David Platt, we’re all different.

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail, I agree that, in theory at least, it could happen (but it won’t). I also agree that Rafa could walk into a choice job anywhere around Europe if he had to.

    That said, I’ve mentioned before that Rafa is not an island and his coaching staff are part of his decision making process. It may be harder to find a top club which would be happy to include his entourage as part of the deal to sign him. Besides which, after three + years they are all well settled here, you would imagine.

    This is why I was encouraged by hibbit’s snippet from his estate agent mates that at least a couple of Rafa’s coaching team had renewed leases on their homes up here.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Its a shame Kennedy can’t sort himself out as his attributes when he is on top form would make him tailor made for the left wing back role!!

    Be interesting to see how his career turns out now could see him on loan to someone in Spain or Greece but not really doing much

  • posada

    May 9, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2019 at 12:48 PM
    Comment #14


    It’s at this point in the Ashley purple policy plan we should be starting to move players on who have matured at peak value for a sale!!

    Perez being a fine example of this if he is being priced at 25 million by us then he should be on wages of 70 to 100k a week but we won’t want to give him that as well as some others in the team who deserve it so will more than likely look to move some of them on for good prices and replace with cheaper players again!

    This isn’t how Rafa wants to work I think he would rather give his core players new contracts to keep them and then bring in more quality to play beside them which involves our wage ceiling being moved ! The club afford the extra wages no bother but then it would mean less for Charnley and Ashley to smuggle away….
    Been out of the loop for a day or so.
    Agree with above.

    Thing is if we give a player a pay rise it can lower his value. Top clubs may not want them and pay them too much the middle clubs can’t afford them.
    NUFC have to stick or twist. Pay them what they are worth if we see them as playing for us for the next four years or sell and hopefully recycle the money.

    I really think some of our players feel they are due an improved deal. Average wage 2M ? x that by 22/23 = 45-50 Million. Revenues are 178M. They all know this. They also know that we have secured more points than most outside the top 6 since Nov/Dec. They know that with 3 key signings we can challenge for 7th/8th place. They are probably worth the extra.

    Hayden. Offer him 60K a week and I think he stays. If we are not prepared to go that then sell him for 15M and he will get that from his new club as a 15M rated player.

    Rafa has done well to hold it all together without a bad attitude creeping in. Although I do feel it simmers away beneath the surface at times.

    How can we apply a strategy when we don’t know who will be manager beyond June.
    It’s beyond stupid.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    I said last week after the Brighton game that I hope to never see or hear from him again but putting it down to bad attitude and another Rafa crap signing FULLSTOP isn’t really the whole picture is it.

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Rondon awarded player of the Season. This appears to be from the Club itself, rather than the Players’ award or Football Writers’ award, for eg.


    Implications for the club signing him permanently?

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Posada, that’s a good post re player wages.

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Well it pretty much is actually, yes. If the guy wanted a perm move he would have tried to impress. Instead he doesn’t try. You know I rate rafa but I can’t abide this ‘rafa can’t be guilty of anything, ever’ that a number of people have on this site. We wanted him, big time. Another bullet dodged. Along with the lanky Danish striker. 40mill saved. Oh wait, he was a Charnley signing right?

  • Ron Knee

    May 9, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    “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.”

    He was having a terrible game before he took the penalty.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    @Ron Knee

    He actually should have been sent off in the Cardiff game earlier on!! If VAR was in play this season he would have walked for the kick out!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20


    Yeah I suppose its now or never for the club to decide what it wants to be!!

    Do we want players to grow with us or just happy to be a farm where we grow players as livestock until they are fat enough to sell for a big profit? Or do we want to invest in our best players and get better players in to allow them to thrive and achieve their dreams at Newcastle?

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 9, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    I have no doubt kenedy will do well somewhere else and it’s a confidence/attitude thing.

    I want perez to stay.

    We need to keep our key players and build on them. Not start from scratch which given the amount of players we could lose would be a big mistake.

    I trust rafa whatever happens but its ashley with the power

  • martoon

    May 9, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail @10 – Sorry I don’t see that argument. Yes we’re all different but we tend to learn things and tailor our attitudes from people and our local surroundings. I know over the years I’ve learned more from my work colleagues than I ever did at University.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye Munster,
    Churnley really does know how to spot a player.

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #24

    LCBP “Do we want players to grow with us or just happy to be a farm where we grow players as livestock until they are fat enough to sell for a big profit?”

    I think a successful club will do both (as long as the profit is re-invested). The one thing you do need to make sure you’re keeping or selling the right players is a good manager with a long-term strategy and a good list of contacts across the World for scouting.

    If only we had one of those…..


  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25
  • posada

    May 9, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Gracias Amigo.
    Jib will probably translate that at some stage. He’s handy for that sort of thing.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #27


    Yeah I think the likes of Dortmund , Atletico, Porto etc have done this well and even Liverpool have used profits from player sales and Champions league to improve their squad!

    With us the mentality is oh yeah let’s sell Cabaye but not have a replacement ready so we can just limp on till the season finishes thank goodness we had Rafa fighting to get Dubravka, Schar and Fernandez in after being told that we had enough goal keepers and defenders!!!

  • posada

    May 9, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #28

    We have been here before. In a position to go for the next step up.
    It’s normally about now that MA hits the self destruct button.
    May not be as bad as JFK this time. Touch wood, but you will know what I mean.

    I have no problem in NUFC trading in players and making a profit. If it goes back into Rafa’s project.
    Liverpool do it. Countinho to Barca. What was it 110M. On Tuesday night it looked an even better deal.

    Buy the 25-35 million rated players and back Rafa’s judgement.
    Make a profit on some yes, no bother.

  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Coutinho to Barca was the best bit of business ever
    with his money LPool bought Allison and va Dijk
    Coutinho was rated zero in Marca for his Anfield effort
    on Tuesday night

  • martoon

    May 9, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib @29 – It was good business but saying that I still don’t think Allison is worth nearly £70m – that makes him 20 times better than Dubravka 😉

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Posada “It’s normally about now that MA hits the self destruct button”

    Absolutely 100% right. The team has matured under Rafa, individuals are worth far more than their purchase cost, under Ashley before, it would be time to cash in.

    The big difference is Rafa – he won’t sign up with the possibility that this will happen, and Ashley needs him to keep the value in his investment.

    This could be the renaissance of our club, this coming Summer. The one thing we need is Rafa’s signature and we’ll be off.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #32

    And the Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko, Wijnaldum and Mitro money bought Fraser, not Forster or the talented Bmouth winger but house of 🙄

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 9, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail, what’s up, you can’t read or something.
    You say my post was extreme about Perez and when I indicated that we had two strikers that wanted bigger things and left us ended up in the Chinese league you say that Perez is only 25.

    Wtf has that got to do with anything, below is what I said, if you want to only read half of what people say then that makes you dumber than dumb. I said and just so your clear on this, he will end up, read that again Jail, end up, just so we are clear, end up.

    Just being Devils advocate here, if he thinks now that he is to good for Newcastle let him go warm a bench somewhere and end up in the Chinese league. You see that jail the most important thing about that post I said end up.

    Of course I will await your your comeback because we all know when your wrong your never wrong, what’s up had enough of starting shite with Jib and thought start shite with me.

    JOJ, not LOL, Jog On Jail.

  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #34

    You could say stuff like that all day
    I don’t think Coutinho is worth 11 times what Lobby is priced at

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Nostradamus the Geordie,
    I think that rant, because I questioned your post in a civilised manner says a lot more about you than me.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 9, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Really weak minded player if Kenedy never recovered from his penalty miss at Cardiff. He’s had all season to make amends! Glad we didn’t splash the cash on him if we had any chance to do so.

    We need quality players that are strong physically and mentally.

  • c-dog

    May 9, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Kenedy was found out. An unknown last year. Once teams had enough match data to study they worked out how to easily nullify what he offers. Definitely not premier league quality.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 9, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Great come back Jail, once again proving my point.
    Your boring Jail, you just love to start shite with people, I’m bored with you, I am going to go to do something more interesting than playing the round robin with you Jail and take my scheduled morning dump.
    Don’t worry Jail I will be thinking of you when I’m sitting in the throne.

  • Ron Knee

    May 9, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Are there any Moura-type players out there – at bargain-basement prices & not too old?

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #40

    I posted the link yesterday yesterday but average yearly salary per player of our first team squad is £1.65m. Works out about £32kpw.

    We are fourth bottom in that regard in premier lesgue. Average in league is £2.9m. Take out the big 6 and it’s still over £2m.

    Figures taken from cies football observatory and published in a magazine I posted.


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