Kenedy has admitted that it would be ‘nice to get another opportunity’ to prove himself at Chelsea – however he has insisted that he is ‘happy’ at Newcastle and keen to be playing at a club where he can play week in week out.
Many fans were disappointed to find there was no ‘option to buy’ in his latest loan move after he impressed last season, however his early season form suggests he has a lot to prove yet before we’ll sign him permanently.
Here’s what the Brazilian had to say to FourFourTwo when asked if his long term future would lie with Newcastle, or back with his parent club Chelsea:
“I have a contract at Chelsea and it would be nice to get another opportunity there, but for now I prefer to enjoy the moment.
“I’m happy at Newcastle and can only promise to give my best here.
“Then we’ll see what happens.”
It’s a fairly safe response, however he states below that he finds it particularly difficult not to be playing each week (something he would almost certainly have to deal with if he returned to Chelsea):
“It’s always difficult for any player not playing every week, that’s for sure, and I’m no different,”
“I was living the dream when I arrived at Chelsea, you know? A youngster coming over from Brazil and getting to play in some huge stadiums with so many great players on my team, not to mention the opposition.
“In the first year I learned a lot about English football, on and off the pitch.”
Whilst it may have been a real learning experience, this suggests to me that he would not be too keen to return if he reverted back to a bench-warming role.
That being said, he’s got a long way to go to convince NUFC chiefs that he is worth spending big money on.
I for one still back him. He’s still very young and has bags of talent, however he needs to get back to the form he showed in the second half of the 2017/18 season if we’re going to pay up to sign him permanently.