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Benitez set to get Newcastle transfer wish as significant January acquisition edges closer – report 

The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are eager for Rafa Benitez to improve his team. The Magpies are currently only 1 point away from the relegation zone, and if they fail to improve, they could struggle to bounce-back in the second-half of the season.

Fortunately, according to the Daily Mail, a new signing is edging closer. The Daily Mail report that Newcastle are ‘set to secure’ the loan signing of versatile Chelsea wide-man Kenedy, with the Brazilian said to have arrived on Tyneside on Monday. 

Kenedy has found game time tough to come by this term, and so for him, a loan deal makes sense. For Benitez, too, this is a move of huge significance.

Not only has the manager been reportedly chasing Kenedy for so long based on what he can provide to the Magpies – but his arrival will also be significant in the context of Benitez’s currently playing squad. They’re lacking quality on the left-hand side, and Kenedy can play in a number of positions on either flank. From left-back to left-wing, Benitez will have a solution in the Chelsea player.

At 21-years-old, Kenedy is at an age where he simply needs to play. He featured sparingly under Jose Mourinho, but a poor spell at Watford followed by the emergence of Marcos Alonso has left him without a significant role in the first team.

That being said, when he has played for the Blues, he has looked good. Offering fantastic skill and quality on the ball, the Brazilian has bags of potential, and Rafael Benitez could be the man to help him realise it.

He’ll need to keep him on the straight and narrow, of course, but a move makes sense for all parties. Now, it’s just up to the Magpies to get this deal over the line. 

Landlord’s Verdict

This is a good move for Newcastle. Their problems on the left are evident, and Kenedy will certainly help to aid their issues.

He’s far from the finished product, and the move is definitely a risk, but if it works out – Newcastle will be getting quite the player.

The Brazilian really has a point to prove, and that could work in their favour.

Newcastle fans – thoughts?
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