Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has praised Kenedy for joining Newcastle United in search of first-team football.
In fact, the ex-England forward admits he would have done “anything to get to somewhere like Newcastle” if he had found himself as a bit-part player at a top-six club.
Kenedy joined the Magpies from Chelsea on a half-season loan deal in January after failing to make a Premier League appearance for the Blues during the first six months of the campaign.
And Wright believes the winger made the right decision in seeking first-team football in the North East at a club who attract 52,000 fans to St James’ Park for every home match.
In seven appearances for Newcastle so far, Kenedy has scored twice and assisted a further two goals.
“For me, Newcastle is the kind of place that, if you’re a young player at a club like a Chelsea or a Manchester City, I would do anything to get to somewhere like Newcastle,” BBC Radio 5Live’s Monday Night Club.
“You’re playing in front of massive crowds and you’ve got the opportunity to play in the Premier League and get that kind of support behind you.
“Kenedy has done it - and he’s thriving on it, absolutely thriving on it.”