By Russell Edge

24th Mar, 2018 | 10:56am

Newcastle must swoop for 5'4" Celtic hero to replace favourite attacker set for summer exit

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If and when Newcastle United secure their Premier League safety this season, their attentions will no doubt turn immediately to the summer transfer market.

The Magpies, manager Rafael Benitez in particular, were left frustrated by the way the pre-season window turned out in 2017, as they had expected so much more following their return to the top flight.

With just six faces through the door at St James’ Park, you can be certain the Spanish boss had been asking for more, and there would have been a handful of names on his shortlist.

One of those was Chelsea winger Kenedy, who eventually joined up with the club six months later during the January window, and has made an immediate impact following his move to Tyneside.

With six appearances under his belt, and his first two goals coming in the dismantling of Southampton prior to the international break, he has already established himself as a Toon Army favourite, with his determination and desire, not to mention his attacking threat and trickery.

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Unfortunately, his time at the club looks to be a short one; Chelsea are unlikely to want to ship out the Brazilian in summer and he could well be handed a chance to star in the first team at Stamford Bridge after his impressive performances for Newcastle.

So who do the Magpies turn to replace the 22-year-old?

The answer lies north of the border, in the shape of Celtic’s Patrick Roberts.

A versatile winger, who stands at just 5’4″, the 21-year-old will have spent 30 months at Parkhead this summer on loan from Premier League champions elect Manchester City, and has dazzled his way into the Hoops’ hearts.

His 18 goals and 24 assists in 72 appearances is nothing to be scoffed at, especially considering he has Champions League experience under his belt, and despite his small stature, he has made a huge impact with the Bhoys.

City may well want to give him the chance to prove himself in England’s top flight over the Scottish Premiership, and the Magpies must be first in line to snap him up, either on loan or on a permanent deal.

Seal that move, and Kenedy’s departure will be forgotten about quickly.

In other Newcastle United news, the club have seen a goalkeeper suffer an injury on international duty.

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