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Kenedy and Rondon need to improve to earn permanent Newcastle switch

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Kenedy and Rondon need to improve to earn permanent Newcastle switch

Reports suggest Newcastle are keen on signing the two loanees on a permanent basis.

Newcastle United’s wait for a Premier League victory in 2018-19 goes on after throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Manchester United yesterday.

The Magpies raced into a first-half lead at Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho’s side fought back in the second period to turn the game on its head, leaving Newcastle joint-bottom of the division alongside Cardiff.

While takeover talks and discontent towards Mike Ashley rumble on behind the scenes, Rafael Benitez is keen to bolster his squad and The Chronicle states that the club are exploring the possibility of signing loanees Kenedy and Salomon Rondon on a permanent basis.

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The issue here is that neither player has done enough this season to warrant an extension to their stint on Tyneside, with Rondon playing just four matches in the league and failing to score while Kenedy, who shone in the second half of last season, has found the back of the net just once in seven appearances.


Kenedy, to be fair, is one of only five Newcastle players to score in the league this season and, having opened the scoring at Old Trafford on Saturday, the 22-year-old may enjoy an upturn in form after the international break.

Rondon, on the other hand, has the likes of Joselu and Yoshinori Muto to compete with and has failed to prove his worth in the first few months of his loan from West Brom.

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