Newcastle United looked to have played a blinder last summer after they re-signed Chelsea’s Kenedy on another loan deal.
The 23-year-old spent the second half of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign at St. James’ Park where he impressed, giving supporters reason to be excited about his swift return to Tyneside.
Love you lots and lots x
— Kieron (@KieronGilmour7) July 12, 2018
This is how you do a proper announcement without embarrassing yourself, @FCBarcelona
Newcastle > Barcelona
— Skuggz (@Skuggz_) July 13, 2018
— Alfie (@alfie_clark12) July 12, 2018
Cracking loan signing.
— John Walker (@Macjakedom) July 12, 2018
Watched this sooooooo many times
— NettleWarrior (@nettlewarrior72) July 13, 2018
Brilliant singing would be fantastic if it could become a permanent signing
— Gordon Bone (@only1nodrog) July 12, 2018
Keneddddyyyyyyyyyyy nice music! Good you to see him back
— Mark Pickard (@MarkyPickard) July 12, 2018
welcome back you geordie brazilian wizard
— Gav Holleran (@gav_nufc) July 12, 2018
And fans were not the only ones who were glad to see Kenedy return with Rafael Benitez also unable to contain his delight.
“I’m really pleased to have Kenedy back with us. I’m sure every fan will be happy with this signing,” the Newcastle boss told the club’s official club website. “Hopefully he can keep playing at the same level that he reached with us last season. I wish him all the best for his time here.”
Unfortunately for Benitez and co, though, Kenedy has been unable to live up to all of that expectation.
Having scored just one goal and provided a sole assist in the Premier League this term, the Brazilian has been extremely disappointing and now finds himself far from the starting XI.
At 23, Kenedy still has plenty of time to find some consistency in his game, while he has already shown he is capable of performing in English football’s top flight.
Newcastle, however, no longer looks to be the place where he can achieve that.