The Newcastle United supporters have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s excellent form in the Premier League which has seen them move into the safety of mid-table obscurity.
Rafa Benitez’s side took another step towards securing their Premier League survival with a 2-1 victory over Claude Puel’s Leicester City side at the King Power Stadium last weekend. The three points has moved the Magpies into 10th place and more significantly, 10 points clear of the relegation zone with 6 fixtures left to play.
Plenty of Newcastle’s players were worthy of being singled out for individual praise for their contribution to the weekend victory, none more so than Jonjo Shelvey who was sensational at the heart of midfield. He capped his instrumental performance with Newcastle’s first-half opener following some intelligent play by Ayoze Perez – a strike which sent the travelling Toon Army into raptures.
Newcastle’s Brazilian winger Kenedy also continued his fine form for the club and impressed the supporters with his ability to threaten Leciester’s back-line before he was substituted in the 64th minute. It’s no coincidence that the 22-year-old’s arrival has coincided with a significant improvement in Newcastle’s results in recent weeks, and considering how easily he has settled to life at St James’ Park, the club would be wise to turn his loan deal into a permanent one this summer.
However, according to Sky Sports, European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are both weighing up a summer deal to secure his services in the event that Chelsea are willing to offload him. Although it will undoubtedly be a difficult challenge to persuade Kenedy to chose Newcastle over two of the most prestigious clubs in world football, it’s one which Benitez simply must complete to ensure his side’s positive progress continues next season.
A deal for Kenedy will not make or break Newcastle’s summer, but failing to sign him permanently would undoubtedly tarnish their transfer window. The Magpies could make a real statement of intent and set a benchmark for the future by signing a player of Kenedy’s calibre at the end of the season, so Benitez must open discussions with both the player and Chelsea in the coming weeks to give himself the best possible chance of convincing him to remain on Tyneside next season.
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