Kenedy has been a big talking point so far this season.
After really impressing last season, despite it being only another loan deal it is fair to say that this summer signing was the one that lifted the of Newcastle supporters the most.
However, it hasn’t gone his way so far. The Brazilian played well against Spurs but then had a shocker at Cardiff, repeatedly losing the ball and not successfully passing to a teammate in the first half, before having a similar nightmare in midweek when he was again regularly losing the ball and was at fault on two of the goals.
Criticism from some Newcastle fans has, amongst other things, accused Kenedy of playing for himself, showboating, being a one trick pony, and having been found out.
As for Rafa Benitez when asked about the 22 year old’s form, the manager says that the coaching team are ‘trying to give him confidence’, that the left sided player is one of the individuals he has taken aside this week to try and help them ‘learn.’
The Newcastle boss revealing that he has sat with Kenedy to analyse these recent matches on video and then gone out on the training ground to put in practice what they’ve talked about.
Rafa declaring ‘Kenedy has my confidence and I know what he can do.’
However, for many Newcastle fans these days, especially on social media, their opinions can change spectacularly from season to season, match to match and even from first to second half.
It is a total joke for a sizeable minority of supporters to be writing the Chelsea loan player off already.
He has the toughest job on the pitch. He was such a breath of fresh air last season because he came into a team that had zero creativity in terms of taking on an opponent and he gave us that threat, it didn’t work every time but his willingness to run at the opposition helped other players find more space and form.
Due to the ridiculous lack of investment this summer ((and previous), whereby Rafa wasn’t even allowed to bid to buy Kenedy, once again we have a team/squad with absolutely nobody who will try and run past their opponent, apart from Kenedy.
He has had two shocking games but in the past we have seen class wingers such as Laurent Robert and David Ginola experience the same – but overwhelmingly most fans forgave them for these failures because they recognised flair players can go up and down.
Obviously the big problem for Kenedy is that he has such a poor team around him, nobody to step up and do it instead, whereas Ginola and Robert had brilliant/fast players such as Bellamy, Beardsley, Dyer, Lee and others who could turn it on as well.
You don’t need to scrape too deep to find reasons as to why Kenedy’s form might have slumped, his daughter was born this summer and he missed significant time with the squad to spend time with her and the rest of his family, only playing 67 minutes in the pre-season friendlies.
Rafa Benitez left with pretty much no alternative though but to play Kenedy anyway, as the idea of playing Atsu or Murphy instead, would have been nobody’s choice.
I found it laughable in midweek that people were building up Jamie Sterry’s performance, on the basis that in the circumstance he’d done well because he was such a young player.
Sterry wasn’t terrible but he turns 23 in November and is actually nine months older than Kenedy, plus the Brazilian has still only started 20 league games at the top level.
Kenedy will come good again if getting the support, he has it from Rafa Benitez and he needs it from the fans as well.
“We are trying to give Kenedy confidence.
“In the last couple of days I have had a few meetings with individuals.
“I have spoken with them and I’m trying to help them learn.
“To show them what they have to do, analyse games on the video.
“After, we go on the pitch and we practise.
“Kenedy has my confidence and I know what he can do.”