Rafa Benitez quickly regretted the arrival of Kenedy according to the Chronicle, with Mark Douglas claiming that the Spaniard soon saw the Brazilian as a ‘waste’ of a domestic loan slot.
With Kenedy arriving on a season-long loan from Chelsea and Rondon signing on a temporary basis from West Brom, our two domestic loan berths were quickly taken up.
This wouldn’t have been a problem if Kenedy had recreated the form that saw him become a big of a fans favourite during his half-season stint last year, but the 23-year-old has had a disastrous second spell at the club.
He failed to recover from a few disastrous performances early in the season and has struggled to nail down a place in Rafa’s side , failing to start a single league game since the turn of the year.
As a result, Benitez was bound to be left wishing he had one more loan slot available to use in January, with it even suggested at one stage that he could send Kenedy back to Chelsea to
Here’s what Mark Douglas had to say about the Brazilian during a piece on Benitez’s plans should he stay for the 2019/20 season:
‘He believes United could make better use of the loan market, having privately felt fairly early on that the Kenedy move was a waste of a domestic berth .
‘The best teams fighting alongside Newcastle in the Premier League have utilised their loans better – but one of the reasons Kenedy was not sent back was because of Benitez’s good relations with Chelsea and the player’s representatives.
‘If Chelsea successfully challenge their transfer ban, you can expect Newcastle to make further enquiries for loan players from Stamford Bridge.’
Kenedy may have been a wasted loan signing, but at least we didn’t pay £20m to sign him permanently.
He’ll return to Chelsea this summer and it’s fair to say he won’t be returning; even if they offered him to us at a ‘cut-price’ fee.