Newcastle United are finally set to complete the loan signing of Kenedy from Chelsea, with the midfielder arriving on Tyneside on Monday night.
Rafa Benitez had tried to sign the Brazilian in the summer, but Antonio Conte refused to sign off on the deal and opted to keep Kenedy at Stamford Bridge for cover.
Newcastle returned for the 21-year-old this month, and with Chelsea set to sign Roma left back Emerson Palmieri, Kenedy can finally join up with the Magpies, and hopefully play an important role in keeping them in the Premier League.
The question remains though, where will Kenedy fit in at Newcastle? They look to be well stocked in wide areas, with Matt Ritchie, Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy rotating throughout the season, with all three having patches of success so far. However, the three wingers have also been poor at times, so if Kenedy can find consistency in his game, he could become a regular at St James’ Park.
Kenedy is primarily a left midfielder, and although he has been used at left back during his career, it will be offensively where Benitez uses his loan signing.
Murphy’s impressive performance at Manchester City and growing confidence means he might have moved ahead of Matt Ritchie as Newcastle’s first choice right winger, so Atsu is the man Kenedy will have to dispose of if he is to gain a place in the first team.
On paper, out wide does not look like a position that Newcastle need more bodies in, but the lack of consistency on the flanks means Kenedy is a welcome arrival. His debut should come against Burnley on the 31st January, but will he be in Benitez’s starting XI?
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