Newcastle United are set to complete the loan signing of Chelsea winger Kenedy, according to Sky Sports. The 22-year-old has been a long-term target for Rafa Benitez and he proved why during the second-half of last season in a Magpies’ shirt. He was a revelation and played a major role in the club’s excellent form in 2018.
Although he only contributed two goals and two assists, his overall contribution was a sizeable one and it is not a surprise that Newcastle have brought him back for another year. It is thought that the deal includes an option to buy and that is a positive for the Magpies. At the age of 22, Kenedy is already a first-team calibre player and his potential for growth is huge.
Benitez knows that he has a limited budget at St James’ Park, but he is doing his best to provide the squad with as much quality as possible. Kenedy joins Ki Sung-Yueng and Martin Dubravka as new signings this summer, with all three joining at a low cost. It shows impressive squad management by the Magpies’ manager as all three have the ability to start regularly for the first-team.
The arrival of Kenedy could be the turning point of the summer for Newcastle and provide the positive momentum required as we reach the final weeks of the transfer window. It was clear that the Brazilian would be the priority target for the club after the impact he had last season. He was one of the standout players during the second half of the campaign, providing the dynamism and final ball that was previously lacking in the squad.
Towards the end of last season, supporters were pessimistic about Kenedy returning for the 2018/19 campaign, due to his excellent form. The risk posed by loan deals is that the parent club can choose to take the player back into their own club, while other teams can become interested. Sky Sports reported back in April that Bayern Munich and PSG were both interested in the 22-year-old. This underlines how highly the player is thought of in the game.
This summer has been one of slow progress for Newcastle with tensions remaining between owner and manager, but the arrival of Kenedy represents a major breakthrough. Benitez wanted the winger to return and the club have made it happen in a deal that provides more security for the Magpies, as they have an option to buy.
They must now use this positive momentum to make further additions to the squad. Benitez will want another two or three quality additions, with a striker being at the top of his hit-list. Newcastle haven’t broken their transfer record since Mike Ashley bought the club, but that will need to change this summer if they are to appease their world class manager.
As long as Benitez remains as the club’s manager, the supporters will have a symbol of hope for the future. However, the Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season and he will need to see progress both on and off the pitch before he signs a new deal. The loan signing of Kenedy is a positive, but more quality additions are required to class this transfer window as a successful one.