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After a stellar display in the victory over fellow relegation battlers Southampton, it would prove a sensible mover for Newcastle to tie up loanee Kenedy on a permanent basis.
The Brazilian produced a fine display and scored twice in the 3-0 victory at St James’ Park, which were his first goals for the club.
His first was a superb piece of skill in which he controlled the ball on his chest impressively before turning a Saints defender and finding the net in the process, while his second came after a ruthless and well-worked counter attack by the Magpies.
Kenedy also provided a debut assist for Jamaal Lascelles’ goal against Burnley in January, while he similarly helped set up Mo Diame’s goal against Crystal Palace. In addition, the former Fluminense man has demonstrated his work ethic and his defensive side to the game, tracking back when necessary.
The winger has added much needed attacking quality for United since his arrival and has been key in the Magpies’ moral run of form since the turn of the year. In the 22 year-old’s six appearances for the club, Newcastle have only lost once, which was at the hands of an in-form Liverpool side at the start of March.
There were questions over the Brazilian’s arrival, as many believed Newcastle to be well covered in the wide positions, with Matt Ritchie, Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy and Rolando Aarons all capable of performing. However, as usual with Newcastle, manager Rafa Benitez was spot on in his acquisition of Kenedy, with Newcastle almost looking like a new team with him in.
It was thought that Kenedy would primarily feature at left-back and provide competition for Paul Dummett. However, he has featured in his favoured role on the left-wing, flourishing in the procedure.
The winger has added flair and directness to the United attack, while also boasting an advantageous delivery from set pieces. Benitez has also noted the improvement, adding “Kenedy’s delivery and passes are also giving confidence to the offensive players”.
The 22 year-old has formed a solid partnership on the left-hand side with Dummett. As the Welshman is disciplined in maintaining his position, this has allowed Kenedy the license to roam free and attack from the left freely, knowing that Dummett is covering at the back.
Newcastle are believed to be keen on signing Kenedy on a permanent deal, with a fee of £15m being reported. Talks are not underway yet, however, with Benitez being logical and waiting to secure his team’s survival in the Premier League before anything else; a prudent decision by the United boss.
If the reported fee is accurate then Newcastle would no doubt be willing to conduct business with Chelsea.
Kenedy himself is also believed to be open to staying on Tyneside, while he is enjoying his regular game time as well as his imperative role at St James’ Park.
Written by Dawud Arshad
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