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Rafa Benitez forced to defend player after disgraceful newspaper campaign against him

2 years ago

A number of newspapers, but one in particular, have decided to push a storyline that Kenedy is going to be sent back to Chelsea early.

In what appears to be pure invention, it has been claimed that Rafa Benitez is wanting to send the left sided played back to Stamford Bridge this month.

Amongst the nonsense that I have read, it didn’t even appear to even acknowledge that for this to happen, it would need the agreement of Chelsea and Kenedy himself. It isn’t just something that Newcastle United/Rafa Benitez can unilaterally decide.

The newspapers were loving it when Kenedy was pulled out of the firing line at the weekend, Rafa not naming the player in his 18 man squad.

Following the 1-1 draw at Watford, the journalists couldn’t wait to ask whether this was the end of the road for the Brazilian at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle manager [figuratively] laughing in their faces when asked if the season-long loan would be terminated in January.

Instead, Rafa Benitez simply said that they wanted to help Kenedy get back to the form he showed in his initial loan spell in the final months of last season.

The journalists failing to acknowledge that Rafa has done this with a number of players this season, playing in a game and then not even in the 18 man squad for the next match. Jacob Murphy is a prime one and yet you never really hear the newspapers quiz Rafa properly on him, particularly strange when Murphy is a year older than Kenedy and is Rafa’s biggest buy since returning to the Premier League.

The thing with Kenedy is that he is a flair player, unlike any of our other players, including the other wingers.

The 22 year old is the only one who ever runs at the opposition and when on song he looks to be an excellent player,

To suggest Rafa Benitez would get rid of his only flair player is all a bit mental and makes these journalists/newspapers look a bit pathetic when pushing this as a good thing to do.

Kenedy has been poor for much of this season but he’s hardly alone in that. In fact, I can only think of Dubravka, Fernandez and Rondon as having been good on any kind of a consistent basis.

It would also be wrong to claim he hasn’t contributed, he’s had poor games but he has also produced moments of magic such as the superb cross for Rondon against Bournemouth and the goal at Old Trafford. He’s made 14 starts so far this season and aside from two or three real bad ones, I don’t think his level has been much worse than many other Newcastle players.

The problem is as well, is that because the rest of them rarely try anything imaginative and simply take the easy/cowardly option in terms of going backwards and sideways, Kenedy is then more easily picked out as being supposedly poor, due to trying to take his man on and trying to produce something that will get Newcastle a goal.

Also, with such a defensive mindset for most games this season, Kenedy is being forced to play more towards his own goal rather than attacking, which isn’t playing to his strengths.

When the opposition know that nobody else on this Newcastle team is going to run with the ball or take a man on, it means they pay more attention to stopping somebody such as Kenedy.

The Brazilian is somebody who would surely benefit from other quality being added in attacking positions who have pace and skill to take the opposition on, instead of the likes of Perez who offers nothing in that respect.

No doubt it is the same people who went way over the top on Kenedy after just 13 starts last season, who are now going way over the top about how poor he has supposedly been this campaign.

He is still just a young and relatively inexperienced player with only 32 league starts at the top level, it would be idiotic if Rafa and Newcastle ere writing Kenedy off already this season, as so many clueless journalists appear happy to do so.

Rafa Benitez asked if he was going to terminate the Kenedy loan deal:


“We [just] want to see the Kenedy we signed.

“The one who we saw doing really well for us during the second part of the league last season.

“Hopefully, he can do the same for us during the second half of this season too.

“This group of players [who were used at Watford] were training really well and I wanted to just give them the chance.

“You can see that the players were doing well in the first half but Watford made substitutions that, on paper, are better players.

“We have to be sure that for us everyone is focused, concentrated, and is giving everything, because we need the help of everyone [in the squad].

“It is true Kenedy is not playing at the level he was last year.

“He told me the other day that he knew he was not playing well…these mistakes [that he has made] means that he loses a bit of confidence.

“We explained to him that the only way to change things is to carry on [and do better].”

Rafa Benitez asked if Kenedy could be back in the squad for Manchester United:

“He could be.

“We will see, yes he can compete for a position [in Wednesday night’s team/squad].”


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