Instead of comparing two different players at two different clubs, today we are going to compare one player and how they have fared at different clubs.
That player is Kenedy, and we will be focusing on his spells with Chelsea and Newcastle, although he has spent time with Watford too. With that in mind, let’s compare this player’s stints…
Chelsea signed versatile 19-year-old midfielder Kenedy from Brazilian outfit Fluminense for £6.3m in the summer of 2015.
The truth is, there isn’t much to talk about regarding the Brazilian’s tenure at Stamford Bridge. He made 14 Premier League appearances in his first season, but has subsequently been loaned to Watford and Newcastle twice.
He is still on 22 years of age, but there is the feeling that he may never make it in blue. Then again, for quite a cheap price in today’s football standards, it was worth a risk for Chelsea.
TT Grade: B
Kenedy is current in his second loan spell at Newcastle, after spending last season as well at St James’ Park.
He has certainly been given more exposure to the Premier League with The Magpies, but perhaps has not proven to be worthy of Chelsea.
He shows flashes of brilliance, but can equally be anonymous. He’s able to play anywhere on the left-flank, but doesn’t have the discipline or composure to play anywhere with any defensive responsibility.
This has worked quite well for Newcastle, but as he is only a loan, it’s never going to be regarded as the greatest deal.
TT Grade: C+
While this looks like Chelsea made the worse business by singing Kenedy, because he never plays, the fact that they have loaned him out means that they are just biding their time before he is ready to step up for The Blues.
Newcastle may benefit from his services for now, but that is not long-term, and therefore it means that they have potentially lost out more than Chelsea have.
However, whether Kenedy will ever make the grade at Chelsea is yet to be seen, but either way, they can still expect to see a profit from his sale.