The Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted with their side’s climb into the top-half of the table in recent weeks.
Rafa Benitez’ side breached the 40-point on Sunday afternoon by recording a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at St James’ Park courtesy of goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie. The Magpies are not sitting pretty in 10th place with 41 points to their name with 5 fixtures left to play, so it’s no wonder the Toon Army propping up our bar have been celebrating this week.
The performances of plenty of their players have been key to their success so far in 2018, but one player who the supporters have been particular eager to heap praise on is Kenedy. The Brazilian full-back joined on loan from Chelsea during the January transfer window with very little experience in the Premier League, but his lack of opportunity at Chelsea certainly hasn’t prevented him from thriving in the north-east.
Kenedy’s pace, creativity and composure in the final-third has provided Newcastle with an attacking spark which was desperately missing from their play in the first-half of the season. However, due to the terms of Kenedy’s short-term agreement, the supporters will almost certainly have to wave goodbye to him at the end of the season when his loan expires.
The supporters will be desperately hoping that the club can turn his deal into a permanent one this summer, but they will almost certainly face competition for his signature due to the quality of his form for the club in the past few months. With that being said, Newcastle will need to start looking at alternative options to pursue this summer in the event that they are unable to sign Kenedy and, one player they would be wise to make a bid for is Manchester City’s wonderkid Phil Foden.
The 17-year-old World Cup winner is one of England’s most highly-regarded young talents and Guardiola’s decision to allow him to train with City’s first-team this season speaks volumes about the level of his potential. However, breaking into City’s first-team will be extremely difficult for the young star even considering his potential, so the hierarchy at the club may be willing to allow Foden to move on loan next season.
Although he is naturally a central-midfield player, Foden has appeared for City as both a left-winger and a left-wing-back this season and performed admirably in those roles. He would not be a direct replacement for Kenedy, but he possesses the versatility to play in a multitude of midfield roles and that could prove to be an invaluable quality across the course of the season.
City are likely to be open to the idea of loaning Foden out next season so he can further his experience in the game with first-team opportunities in the Premier League and, if that proves to be the case then Newcastle should do everything they can to sign him this summer.
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