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Kenedy in: Newcastle must now seek to land his £22.5m-rated teammate as well

Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side lose 3-1 at Premier League table-toppers Manchester City on Saturday, in turn suffering their 13th league defeat of the campaign.

Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash at the Etihad Stadium having won two and drawn the other of their three games in 2018, with victories over Stoke City and Luton Town alongside a draw against Swansea City giving our resident Magpies fans some optimism ahead of the rest of the season. However, the North East giants were unable to maintain their unbeaten start to the New Year as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick inspired the Citizens to all three points on Saturday, thus leaving Newcastle just a point clear of danger with 14 games of the season remaining.

Subsequently, there are a few anxious Magpies supporters in the Tavern at present, many of whom are sincerely hoping their team can bring in reinforcements between now and the end of the January transfer window to pull clear of the relegation zone.

And one man who has made the move to St James’ Park is Chelsea’s Kenedy, who officially penned a loan deal until the end of the season on Tuesday.

And with one player through the door from Stamford Bridge, Newcastle must now seek to add another in the form of Blues forward Michy Batshuayi.

The 24-year-old simply hasn’t made the desired impact at the West London outfit since his move there back in the summer of 2016, but there have been glimpses of promise in his time at the club, glimpses that could be seen even more at Newcastle.

Ultimately, the Belgium international’s strike record at the Premier League champions is actually pretty impressive, with the striker bagging 17 goals in 51 appearances for the club, which equates to a goal every 97 minutes.

Unfortunately for him, he was behind the outstanding Diego Costa for much of last season and rarely got a look-in, and the same can be said this term, although he has been unable to show his best when called upon by Conte.

Thus, it appears that Batshuayi needs a fresh start at a team which he is likely to get regular football, and Newcastle could be that club.

He’s clearly got quality. His strike-rate is impressive but he is also strong and intelligent in the final third, but more importantly for Benitez and Newcastle, he can put the ball in the back of the net.

Their tally of 22 goals in 24 Premier League games is simply not good enough, but with 204 chances created so far this season (more than nine other sides), it’s not through the lack of trying, it’s through the lack of a genuine goal-scorer.

Clearly, Batshuayi needs a move away, and Chelsea may see a fellow Premier League side as the best place for his development, not to mention under a manager widely respected in England and around the continent.

And that is why the Magpies must seek to back their recent move for Kenedy with a deal for £22.5 million-rated Batshuayi (as per Transfermarkt).

Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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