Newcastle will be without winger Kenedy for the weekend clash with Chelsea.

The Brazilian is ineligible to face his parent club due to the terms of his loan deal between the two clubs.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Kenedy of Newcastle United challenges Elias Kachunga of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town at St. James Park on March 31, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

That will make for some frustration on Kenedy’s part, after he missed a last-gasp penalty against Cardiff on Saturday.

It was an afternoon to forget for the 22-year-old, who wasn’t his usual dangerous self in Wales.

It’s been a sluggish start by the youngster, who really should have at least one goal to his name after two games.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez greets Kenedy (L) during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St.James’ Park on April 15, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

He won’t get any minutes against Chelsea and so Rafa Benitez has some thinking to do in training this week.

Here are some potential replacements for the ineligible Kenedy…

Christian Atsu

The Ghanaian was named on the bench for the game against Cardiff and is probably the favourite to replace Kenedy.

BRAGA, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 01: Christian Atsu of Newcastle United looks on during the Pre-season friendly match between SC Braga and Newcastle United at Estadio Municipal de Braga on August 1, 2018 in Braga, Portugal. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The 26-year-old offers width and searing pace, and could be the man to give Victor Moses a headache.

 

Jacob Murphy

The £10 million signing from Norwich City has not really set the world alight in Newcastle colours just yet.

CARDIFF, WALES – AUGUST 18: Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United and Josh Murphy of Cardiff City pose for a picture on the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at Cardiff City Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

He could be in line for a chance at Stamford Bridge though, with left wing being his natural position unlike right-back where he had to fill in against Cardiff.

Ayoze Perez

The Spaniard has come on leaps and bounds in recent months at St. James’ Park.

CARDIFF, WALES – AUGUST 18: Josh Murphy of Cardiff City and Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at Cardiff City Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

Benitez could deploy Perez wide left since he has the versatility to operate there.

That could in-turn see summer signing Salomon Rondon come in as the central striker; something some Magpies fans are keen to see.

Yoshinori Muto

Another option available to Benitez is £9.5 million summer signing Yoshinori Muto.

CARDIFF, WALES – AUGUST 18: Yoshinori Muto of Newcastle United applauds fans after the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at Cardiff City Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Japan international is primarily a central striker, but is able to operate anywhere across a three-pronged attack.

Muto showed himself to be a willing channel-runner against Cardiff and could well do a job against Chelsea.

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