The Chelsea-Newcastle connection: Five who have played for both clubs

Kenedy is just the most recent player in a long line of players to play for both Chelsea and Newcastle United.

And although the Brazilian is ineligible to play against his parent club, he’s surely dying to get one over his employers.

And with the upcoming game between Chelsea and Newcastle, it’s time to take a step back in time and look at the players who have made the journey from London to Tyneside (or vice versa).

Demba Ba – Newcastle 2011-13 and Chelsea 2013-14

A Newcastle legend, Ba will always have a special place in Newcastle fans hearts.

Having had a prolific six months at West Ham, Ba signed and had a successful season and a half, scoring 29 goals in 58 appearances for the Magpies.

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And Ba then made the move to West London in January 2013 but his time at Chelsea never really took off.

Despite not setting Stamford Bridge on fire, he’ll be best remembered for scoring THAT goal against Liverpool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2R8ibMOG2M

Loic Remy – Newcastle 2013-14 and Chelsea 2014-17

A player that remains a great enigma to football fans everywhere, Remy has had a strange time in England.

Despite scoring a hatful of goals in France, he never really settled in London with QPR.

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But after joining Newcastle on loan in August 2013, we saw his real class during that season as he scored 14 goals in 27 appearances.

This was the catalyst for his £10.5m move to Chelsea but Remy remained a back-up to Diego Costa.

And injuries and lack of chances meant he only scored 12 goals in his two seasons at the club, before spending his last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

Damien Duff – Chelsea 2003-06 and Newcastle 2006-09

Duff was signed for £17m from Blackburn by Claudio Ranieri as part of the money injection from Roman Abramovich.

Despite not playing as many games as he’d like to, he helped Chelsea secure second place in the Premiership – their highest finish for 49 years.

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Under Jose Mourinho, Duff formed a formidable wing-partnership with Arjen Robben and was part of Chelsea’s title-winning side.

Newcastle signed Duff for £5m but his time at St. James’ Park overall was a struggle.

Persistent injuries hampered his time at Newcastle and he was part of the side that was relegated in 2009, scoring the own goal that confirmed the Geordies’ relegation at Villa Park.

Geremi – Chelsea 2003-07 and Newcastle 2007-09

Despite arriving as a Champions League winner and a multiple African Cup of Nations champion, Geremi was only really a squad player at Chelsea.

Liked by the team and fans alike, Geremi was a personal favourite of Mourinho and was an excellent squad player.

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When he moved to Newcastle, he was immediately instated as captain.

And there was probably too much expectation on Geremi’s head as he failed to make an impact and captained the side to relegation in 2009 before leaving for Turkey.

Scott Parker – Chelsea 2004-05 and Newcastle 2005-07

Even when he signed for Chelsea, it seemed like an off move from Parker.

Clearly behind Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard in central midfield, he never really got a chance to play.

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In fact, he made so few appearances that he didn’t receive a Premier League winners medal as he hadn’t made the required number of games.

In the search for first-team football, Parker made the move north and immediately he played well, just missing out on a place in England’s 2006 World Cup squad.

He was even voted the second best player in England in 2006 and captained Newcastle to an Intertoto Cup win.