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Forget Kenedy: It would be a massive mistake for Benitez to land Chelsea man – here’s why

The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been turning their noses up at reports linking their side with a loan move for Chelsea man Kenedy in January. According to the Daily Mail, a deal between the two clubs could be agreed in January, with Newcastle clearly keen to bring him in until the end of the season.

It’s a move that has baffled the fans in the Transfer Tavern, and in truth, our landlord can’t quite work it out either.

After all, you only have to look at Kenedy’s last few years to see that he’s simply not good enough. He has struggled to make much of an impact at Chelsea, and whilst he has featured intermittently, the sparing nature of these games tells you all you need to know. Under Antonio Conte, in particular, his role has been reduced to simply that of an occasional starter when Marcos Alonso needs a rest. He simply isn’t good enough to play for Chelsea, and Newcastle aren’t a side that should be signing cast-offs.

He hasn’t just struggled at Stamford Bridge, either. He was sent on loan to Watford last year, and that was nothing short of a disaster. He was back at Chelsea as quickly as he moved to Vicarage Road, with the Brazilian not settling across London. A mixture of form and attitude problems reportedly resulted in his early return, and that doesn’t bode well for a Newcastle side that is in desperate need of quality. When you throw in the issues that he had during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia, those attitude problems become a very real red flag for the Magpies.

On the pitch, too, Kenedy wouldn’t be a good fit. Newcastle are in a relegation battle at present, that much is clear, and what they need is proven quality and experience – not inexperienced, unproven players. Benitez won’t be able to guarantee a performance out of the Brazilian, and so he simply shouldn’t be signed – even on a temporary deal.

Benitez shouldn’t waste his time on Kenedy – agreed?

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