Newcastle United’s first season back in the top flight after promotion has been a positive one, though the club have not had many signings to get excited about. That said, Chelsea loanee Kenedy has provided enough to keep fans on the edge of their seats, and making his loan move a permanent one could be the perfect start to their transfer window.
In just eight Premier League appearances to date, he has already been involved in four goals, representing 36% of the Magpies’ goals since his arrival in a run which has only involved one defeat.
It’s no surprise to many that The Northern Echo report that the club face challengers if they are to make the Brazilian’s loan stay a permanent one beyond this summer.
The left sided full-back and winger has reportedly caught the eye of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Tottenham, whilst any new Chelsea coach may go back on Antonio Conte’s decision to ditch the 22-year-old.
Newcastle will feel that they are in pole position having taken him on loan and given him regular Premier League football for the first time in his career. Beyond just that, he has become a key man in the team and knows that Benitez will look to build a team around him if he becomes a long-term option for the north-east club.
Uncertainty at the club will do them no favours if Chelsea look to spark a bidding war between the interested parties, especially given that he is under contract until 2020, but Kenedy is relishing his time at St. James’ Park.
Rafa Benitez would be foolish not to do his best to retain the youngster, but the glamour and glitz or European giants means he has his work cut out if they do act on their interest.