Freed from the Conte/Mourinho-esque defensive “shackles” and roles, Kenedy is finally showing the Premier League why Chelsea plucked him out of Fluminense back in 2015. It may have taken two-and-a-half years and a loan to Newcastle for that to happen, but patience is a virtue, as they say, and it’s definitely paying off for the player and the clubs involved.
While everyone’s obviously pleased for the 22-year-old, for Newcastle themselves, his continuing success could turn bittersweet in the end. Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is a big fan and repeatedly wanted to not only bring him in but strike a loan deal that included a buy-option. Chelsea were not game however, and now various European big teams are also sniffing around the man who’s helped engineer a bit of a turnaround and steer the club clear of relegation.
Current concerns come first of course, so above all, Benitez wants Kenedy to continue impressing, scoring ... and thus raising his value.
“[He is increasing his market value], but if you say do you want him to score goals and the value will go up, then yes, I want him to score goals.”
“That is it, football is like this. If you have a good player, the value goes higher. He has the level to play in a top team - but he is in a top side already!”
-Kenedy; source: Sky Sports
All this is good news for Chelsea as well, with Kenedy either ready and able to carve out a real role in the squad next season or commanding a solid transfer fee in the market. (Preferably, the first one.)