After only 129 minutes, Newcastle fans are liking what they are seeing of Kenedy.

Matt Ritchie has struggled to make any impact at all this season after stepping back into the Premier League, Christian Atsu flatters to deceive and has delivered little, whilst Jacob Murphy has taken time to adjust to his first experience of the top tier and has only recently started to show signs that he could potentially cope with this level.

Bottom line has been that Newcastle have showed next to no spark from the wings this season and much of the time DeAndre Yedlin has arguably been the team’s biggest attacking threat on the flanks.

So little wonder Newcastle supporters have welcomed with open arms the impact of the Chelsea loan signing.

His willingness to take the man on and drive forward, something we have rarely, if ever, seen this season from anybody in black and white. Certainly both Ritchie and Atsu need to look at themselves and see they have to take far more responsibility in these remaining 12 games to be more of a threat.

It is three years since Kenedy last started two league matches in a row and that was when he was still playing at Fluminese in Brazil before his £8m move to Chelsea.

Little wonder then that Rafa Benitez has taken it easy with the left sided player and he was subbed 57 minutes into the Burnley game and 72 minutes into the Palace match.

The United boss is keen to stop everybody getting carried away too much after just over two hours of football and says ‘we’ll see in a few games if he is doing well’.

Starting on Sunday, three of the next five matches are against Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham (as well as Southampton and Bournemouth), so no doubt we will know a lot more after that, about both Kenedy and the team’s prospects of survival.

Kenedy turns 22 tomorrow (Thursday) and has simply rubber-stamped what fans thought of our squad, plenty of perspiration but little inspiration. The hope the Brazilian has given us has also illuminated further just how average the ability is in the squad.

The hope now is that Islam Slimani can do the same up front, when your top scorer after 26 games has only four goals, you don’t really need to say anything else.

It would be a massive shot in the arm if the usual effort from the team and some added quality from Slimani and Kenedy can help Newcastle get a point (or better) against Jose Mourinho’s team.

Then Rafa Benitez will be a little bit more at ease about us giving Kenedy (and hopefully others) rave reviews after Sunday.

Rafa Benitez on Kenedy:

“He did well (against Crystal Palace) and everybody is a little bit excited but he is still a young player and has to be consistent.

“He has played well (so far) but I want to see him playing more good games and then after that we can be talking…’Kenedy can do this’ or ‘Kenedy can do that’.

“At the moment we are happy with what he did and we want him to carry on like this every week.

“I don’t want to put him in the position where everyone is talking too much and too nice about him.

“He has to compete, to perform, then we’ll see in a few games if he is doing well.

“We want to see all the games (that he plays) at that same level.

“When you are young and have not played too many games before, you cannot expect he will be always there.

“I want to keep him calm, protect him a little bit, let him think about his football.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bench Ritchie & Atsu, play Kenedy & Murphy in addition to Slimani and we may well have an attack, as for the midfield most of them need to up their game & put a bit more effort in.
    it comes to something when a 21 yr old Chelsea reserve makes the rest look like a bunch of mugs

    • Peaky Magpie

      Agree,don’t know what on earth has happened to Ritchie this season ??

      • mentalman

        he’s getting older, lost some pace and the opposition are getting better.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          opposition are better, he`s a championship player

      • Paul Patterson

        His attitude is first class, but he’s a good Championship player, average Premier League one.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Yeah,probably hit the nail on the head there Paul.

        • ghostrider

          Disagree. Ritchie is premier league class but his game is being destroyed by Rafa using him as a non-stop cart horse.
          Rafa has knocked the stuffing out of this lad.

          Fans were raving about him not too long ago…but, I suppose the wind of change is always only a flick of a switch away with some fans.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Even the pundits were noticing Ritchie, he got a fair few assists.
            But that was when we went on a decent run. He’s not good enough to drag us out the mire alone.

          • ghostrider

            Nobody can do it alone. It has to be a team effort or a squad effort but Ritchie needs to be given a confidence boost. That’s all he’s lacking because the lad is premier league quality without a doubt.

          • Wor Lass

            Another close season hernia op, maybe?

      • Salty

        He was excellent in the Prem for Bournemouth and excellent for us last season. Read a while ago he was third in league on chances created. Trouble is we’ve got Joselu and Perez up top. Things will hopefully change with Slimani and Kenedy to add more threat

      • kingfisher

        I know what you mean Peaky, he’s never been the same since he left the Commodores 🎸🎼🎶🎹🥁

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂😂 I bet it’s taken you “ All Night Long” to come up with that Kingfisher 😂

          • kingfisher

            Yes,Peaky, I’ve always been fond of “The Biscuit”🍪🍪🍪

    • Leicester Mag

      Something is needed second half on Sunday was grim from the moment Kenedy was substituted.

    • Wor Lass

      I agree with you but I don`t think it`s so much a matter of putting in more effort but being more adventurous. That could come from increased confidence if we (ie Slimani) can bang in a few more goals.

    • Cockneytrev

      years of buying mediocre players and selling anything remotely looking like a footballer , has left us clutching at straws, with the worst squad we have had since the late 80s early 90s, (even then we had a very decent youth squad) as you say a 21 year old has become our best attacking player.
      Matt Richie’s level is the championship, unfortunately, as he tries hard,,

    • thewildchimp

      They don’t have enough stamina to last 90 mins. Then you have to use two subs just to protect them from injury. I’d love to see them both on the field at the same time, but I doubt it will happen often. Unless they increase their fitness levels soon.

  • ghostrider

    Kenedy is a brilliant player and I hope he carries on doing what he’s doing…but also having a bit more input in the second half of games if Rafa can get him up to full speed and match fitness and also uses him offensively in the second half of games..

  • Paul Busby

    Don’t know whats happened to Ritchie, started the season with fire in his belly and just faded away.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Shankly said something along the lines of a football team being like a grand piano where you need 8 to carry it and 3 to play it, we have plenty of carriers but maybe Kenedy is the only player with apologies to the inconsistent Jonjo Shelvey.

    • Rich Lawson

      Ron Yeats and Tommy Smith could have carried it on their own,our 8 would struggle with a Casio keyboard.

  • robbersdog

    People have short memories; a few months ago, Merino was being talked about in the same manner as Kennedy’s being talked about now. Y’know, a couple of good performances, all of a sudden he’s the ‘second coming’ and then he quickly went off the boil. Florian Lejeune too.

    If we want a world-class winger who would tear up the Premier League, then our scouts should check out Florian Thauvin who scored a hat-trick for Marseille at the weekend. Oh, hold on a minute…

    • Mxpx

      Thauvin and cabella were not really given the chance to play we failed massively with both

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      I’m not saying Merino cannot go on to be a top player but I see where you are coming from.
      It’s the same as my comment above concerning the short termism during Ashley’s tenure.
      Nearly every player recruited in his time comes with an angle where they’re either flotsam and jetsam, Persona non grata, Injury prone, Young hopefuls, Completely insane etc
      No one in their right mind who is at the peak of their powers will join a club where an idiot like Ashley is unless they are desperate !

  • Mxpx

    Looks alot like andros townsend to me who nearly kept us up last time

  • Natturner26

    Jesus Christ Rafa don’t start rotating Kenedy.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The signing of Matt Richie for Newcastle in the first instance is just another window into the farcical running of the club during Ashley’s tenure.
    Don’t get me wrong, I like Richie and he is a full blooded player who always tries his best for the club.
    The reality of the situation was that he couldn’t get a game for Bournemouth who were savvy enough to realise he had outlived his usefulness.
    He is a good player at second tier level but unfortunately he is not a consistent performer at the top level.

    This has been the biggest problem at Newcastle since Ashley took over the club with his “Make-Do” attitude towards recruitment.
    You only have to look back to the signing of Sylvain Marveaux for evidence of that very thing.
    Liverpool did a medical on him and walked straight away from the deal as any sensible club would in the circumstances.
    Not Newcastle United though, Who were only too happy to take yet another gamble because it meant saving money as usual !
    We all know what the upshot of his time was like at the club and his transfer is just one of many that stank of the same miserly and short termism we have come to expect under Ashley.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      bargain basement recruitment policy

    • Albert Stubbins

      He played regularly for Bournmouthe and they didnt want to let him go. He did very well for them but a big disappointment so far this season for us.

    • Down Under Mag

      Ritchie was instrumental in our return to the top flight so for this reason alone he was a great signing for us and did exactly what was needed of him. The trouble was, he should have then had someone better (like Kenedy) brought in as first choice and Ritchie as backup. Ritchie can do it for short spells but he just isn’t up to doing what he does for a full game week in week out, not having a go he just has limitations at this level. He does work his socks off for the cause BUT we’ve just lacked that extra spark which we can all see now that Kenedy is here.

  • Stephen Paylor

    You can just see immediately that Kenedy is a step up on Atsu in that position. He not only has more strength and presence defensively it seems he is even better with the ball at his feet too. Its the same with Merino, you can instantly see the control is better and i see it with Kenedy too. Im hoping there is some way we can get him permanent in the summer.

    • Atsu has shown in some games he can be a real threat, but needs the competition to stay sharp, hopefully, Kenedy will not only play great, but make Atsu and Ritchie up their game.