While Newcastle United might have had a mixed bag in terms of their recruits over the past 12 months, there can be little doubting the impact that Kenedy has had after arriving from Chelsea.
The Brazilian winger was on the very fringes of the Blues’ senior side when the Magpies pounced back in January, with a mere handful of appearances in cup competitions under his belt.
With much intrigue over what the 22-year-old would have to offer Rafael Benitez and his squad, fans were immediately impressed with his direct approach and flair, something which had been lacking from the Newcastle attack.
However, while his performances have impressed the Toon Army, they also appear to have caught the eye of numerous clubs both across the UK as well as overseas, and every club that joins the hunt sees Newcastle’s chances of sealing a permanent deal slip away further.
The Magpies faithful will be heartbroken that they only got to see the Brazilian for a couple of months, but there is another attacker who could help them get over it.
Patrick Roberts has been a sensation north of the border for Celtic, where he has spent the last two-and-a-half-years dazzling Parkhead with his talents down the flanks while on loan from Manchester City.
However, he has confirmed that he is desperate to prove himself in the Premier League ahead of the summer transfer window and with a chance in the City starting XI looking unlikely, another exit, on loan or permanently, seems likely.
With Newcastle seeking a replacement for Kenedy and Roberts looking for a top flight opportunity, the pair seem made for each other, and it is a chance for the 21-year-old to demonstrate he has what it takes to battle it out in the rough and tumble fight the Magpies will face next season.
It is a no-brainer – all Newcastle have to do is pounce.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, Rafa Benitez has refused to rule out the exit of a 6’1″ star this summer.