According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United are nearing a deal to sign Chelsea’s versatile youngster, Kenedy, on loan for rest of the season. The report states that the player is expected to have his medical today and complete other formalities and is set to be the first signing of the month for the Magpies.
Kenedy emerged through the youth ranks of Vasco da Gama and Fluminense and was then promoted to the senior side of the latter. In the summer of 2015, he was lured to the Stamford Bridge but is still far from cementing a regular place in their side. He was loaned out to Watford last season, but his loan spell with the Hornets hardly amounted to anything notable, as it was hindered by injury.
The 21-year-old is a left-sided player and his versatility is arguably the strongest suit that he offers. He can operate as a left-back, left-wing-back as well as a left winger and it has to be kept in mind that he is better at attacking and galloping forward rather than defending. He can outrun opposition players more often than not with his pace and power and has the trickery to outfox them as well.
Kenedy doesn’t have much Premier League experience on offer, as he has played merely 15 games in the English top flight. He is raw and is far from being a finished product, but a loan spell with the Toon should prove to be a beneficial one for him and given that he is an astute learner, he should be able to afford a good outlet on the left for Rafael Benitez.
Why Newcastle United Need Him?
Benitez is looking for a creative spark to be infused in his team’s setup and has seemingly targeted Kenedy for the same. The Brazilian would not only offer Benitez an exciting asset off the bench but his versatility and speed might come handy for the former Napoli manager in the business end of the campaign.
Benitez would be able to shuffle his tactics and given that Kenedy is capable of playing in a wide range of areas, there would certainly be an element of competitiveness in the ranks of Newcastle United which is bound to wake a couple of players from their slumber.