Chelsea’s on loan winger Kenedy is having a great time in Newcastle.
The club’s failure to sign anyone during the summer to cover for Marcos Alonso meant that the Brazilian basically had to sacrifice 6 months of his career to back up the Spaniard, until the club were able to bring in a replacement in January.
Now that he’s been set free, Kenedy is making up for lost time. He has impressed since the day he made his debut for the Magpies, and his latest game was his best yet, as he scored twice against Southampton before the international break.
Part of what’s bringing the former Fluminense man success is his relationship with Rafa Benitez, and quotes in the local South Shields Gazette emphasise that further:
“He insists that I learn to speak English,” Kenedy said of his new gaffer in the North East.
“He acts towards me like a father, and I learn a lot from him.”
It’s the kind of attention he maybe didn’t get from Antonio Conte, and he’s thriving on it.