Kenedy (footballer)

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Kenedy playing for Chelsea in 2017
Personal information
Full name Robert Kenedy Nunes Nascimento[1]
Date of birth (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 15
Youth career
2006–2009 Vasco da Gama
2009–2013 Fluminense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Fluminense 30 (2)
2015– Chelsea 15 (1)
2016Watford (loan) 1 (0)
2018Newcastle United (loan) 13 (2)
2018–Newcastle United (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Brazil U17 13 (6)
2015 Brazil U20 7 (1)
2015 Brazil U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:47, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Robert Kenedy Nunes Nascimento (born 8 February 1996), commonly known as Kenedy, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger or as a left-back for Premier League club Newcastle United, on loan from fellow Premier League side Chelsea.

He made his professional debut aged 17 for Fluminense, scoring five goals in 40 official games before a £6.3 million move to Chelsea in 2015. Kenedy has represented Brazil at under-17 and under-20 level.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Minas Gerais, Kenedy is named after Robert F. Kennedy.[3] He began his career at local club Santarritense before moving to Friburguense in Rio de Janeiro state at the age of 11, going on to Vasco da Gama and Atlético Mineiro before arriving at Fluminense.[3]


Kenedy made his professional debut on 28 July 2013 in a 2–0 Série A defeat at Grêmio, replacing Wagner for the final nine minutes. On 24 May 2014, he scored his first professional goal, the only one in an away win over Esporte Clube Bahia.[4] He netted his second goal for the club in September, a late equaliser against Cruzeiro.[5]

In March 2015, Kenedy scored in three home victories for Flu in the year's Campeonato Carioca. On 18 April, in the tournament's semi-final, he missed their first attempt as they lost 9–8 in a penalty shootout to Botafogo.[6]


2015–16 season[edit]

Kenedy with Chelsea in 2016

On 26 June 2015, Fluminense announced that Kenedy had been sold to an unnamed club[7] for a fee around the region of £6.3 million.[8] It was later confirmed that Kenedy was on trial at Chelsea, where he played in a pre-season match against Barcelona, after Kenedy was given permission from Fluminense to play in the game as he had not yet been formally signed. Afterwards manager José Mourinho stated that Chelsea could secure Kenedy a work permit to play in the Premier League rather than loan him to Vitesse Arnhem.[9] On 22 August 2015, Chelsea completed the transfer.[10]

A week later, Kenedy made his debut against Crystal Palace, coming on as a 68th-minute substitute for César Azpilicueta in a 2–1 home defeat.[11] He scored his first goal for the club on 23 September in the third round of the League Cup at Walsall, also assisting compatriot Ramires in the 4–1 victory;[12] his first league goal was the following 1 March, a 39th-second effort in a 2–1 win at Norwich City that was the fastest goal of the season.[13]

Loan to Watford[edit]

On 30 August 2016, Kenedy joined Watford on a season-long loan after having a bid accepted from Chelsea.[14] On 26 September, he made his only appearance for the Hornets in a 2–0 away defeat against Burnley, replacing Roberto Pereyra with 15 minutes remaining.[15] After struggling with injuries, manager Walter Mazzarri, confirmed that Kenedy had returned to Chelsea on 12 December after a disappointing loan spell.[16]

2016–17 season[edit]

After being recalled by Chelsea from his loan spell with Watford, Kenedy made his return for the Blues in their 4–0 home victory over Brentford in their FA Cup fourth round tie. Retaining his number 16 jersey, Kenedy replaced César Azpilicueta with just under twenty minutes remaining.[17] He made his first start under Conte against Watford on 15 May 2017.[18]

2017–18 season[edit]

During a pre-season tour of China, Kenedy caused controversy by posting two videos on social media which were described as "distasteful" towards the country. During a subsequent match on the tour against Arsenal he was heckled by angry fans.[19] As a result, Kenedy was sent back to England for damaging relationships with the Asian fan base.[20] Both Kenedy and Chelsea later issued apologies over the incident and the club stated that the player had been "strongly reprimanded and disciplined". Following the incident, Chinese media outlets were ordered to withdraw stories related to Chelsea from homepages and apps and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that there was a remote possibility of a ban for the club.[21]

In August, a loan to Newcastle United fell through on transfer deadline day.[22] On 20 September 2017, Kenedy made his first appearance since the incident during pre-season when he started against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. He scored the opener in a 5–1 victory.[23]

Loans to Newcastle United[edit]

On 23 January 2018, Kenedy joined Newcastle United on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season.[24] Kenedy impressed on his Newcastle debut, creating Jamaal Lascelles opener from a corner kick in a 1–1 draw with Burnley.[25] On 10 March, Kenedy won the Man of the Match award after scoring a brace in Newcastle's 3–0 win against Southampton.[26] Kenedy provided an assist for Ayoze Perez's 80th minute winner in Newcastle's 1–0 victory against Huddersfield on 31 March. [27]

He returned to Tyneside on loan for the 2018–19 season, with the deal including an option to buy.[28]

International career[edit]

Kenedy scored six goals in eight games for Brazil under-17 as they came third at the 2013 South American Championship in Argentina.

Kenedy originally named as part of the Brazil under-20 squad for the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand, but missed the tournament with appendicitis, being replaced by Malcom as the team ended as runners-up.[29]

Style of play[edit]

An NBC Sports article by Nicholas Mendola in 2018 credits Kenedy's versatility, stating "The Brazilian left-sided man can play virtually any field position besides center back".[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of end of 2017–18 season[30]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fluminense 2013 Série A 9 0 9 0
2014 20 2 20 2
2015 1 0 10 3 11 3
Total 30 2 10 3 40 5
Chelsea 2015–16 Premier League 14 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 20 2
2016–17 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2017–18 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 5 1
Total 15 1 5 0 5 2 2 0 27 3
Watford (loan) 2016–17 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Newcastle United (loan) 2017–18 Premier League 13 2 13 2
Career total 59 5 5 0 5 2 12 3 80 10


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  5. ^ "Transfer Spotlight: The 'new Neymar' who could be on his way to Manchester United". TalkSport. 6 March 2015. 
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  12. ^ "Walsall 1–4 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
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  18. ^ "Chelsea team news: Terry leads experimental champions -". 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  19. ^ James Cambridge (22 July 2017). "Chelsea defender Kenedy heckled by Chinese fans for controversial Instagram posts". The Daily Express. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  20. ^ Paul Murphy (25 July 2017). "Chelsea send Kenedy home after China comments on social media". ESPN. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  21. ^ Zhicheng Hu (24 July 2017). "Chelsea 'persona non grata' in China over Kenedy's offensive posts". Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  22. ^ "Kenedy primed for surprise Chelsea reprieve with first appearance since being sent home from China tour". Telegraph. 19 September 2017. 
  23. ^ "Chelsea 5–1 Nottingham". BBC Sport. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  24. ^ "Newcastle sign Kenedy on loan". Newcastle United F.C. Official Site. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  25. ^ "Newcastle United 1–1 Burnley. Premier League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  26. ^ "Newcastle United 3–0 Southampton. Premier League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  27. ^ "Newcastle United 1–0 Huddersfield Town. Premier League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  28. ^ a b Mendola, Nicholas (12 July 2018). "Newcastle gets 2nd Kenedy loan, sells Merino to La Liga". NBC Sports. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  29. ^ Assessoria CBF (2015-05-17). "Kenedy está desconvocado da Sub-20. Malcom será seu substituto" [Kenedy is left out of the U-20. Malcom will be his substitute] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  30. ^ Kenedy at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 June 2018.

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