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:

“No.

“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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  • Rich Lawson

    Good man Rafa’. He will come right again at some point,still just a young lad.What paper was it ?

    • Button Toon

      Young lad? He’s 22. He should be pretty much established by now mate

      • Kenny

        Kane wasn`t in the Spurs first 11 until he was 2 months short of his 22nd birthday

        • Kneebotherm8

          Aye,that’s a fair point.

      • KennySamsung

        I reckon at this level you are always learning and don’t get to your peak until around 28 so still a long way to go for Kennedy

    • Kneebotherm8

      Another 2+2=5 piece of journalism…….it sells newspapers and that’s all they’re worried about…..fake news…

  • Kenedy needs to give us a reason to sign him. Chelsea will never let him in their team as he isn’t good enough.

    • Rich Lawson

      Don’t think we have a chance of signing him given the money situation,Chelsea will just sell him on to free up space for some more promising lads to sit in the reserves and get loaned out so other Prem’ clubs can’t have them properly on their books.

    • KennySamsung

      Rrmember these words.. in two seasons he will be a great player, probably wìth another team though.

  • Kenny

    He`s highly talented and because of that he is taking a lot of stick for not performing. I hope he does come good & i`m sure Rafa will stick with him.

  • Button Toon

    I’m just glad Ashley had the sense to not sign this clown on a permanent contract. Maybe he saw something Rafa didn’t? This is a huge season for Kenedy. If he doesn’t perform for us where does he go next? There is no way on earth he is good enough for Chelsea, and I can’t see many teams going for him after this season. Send him back to Chelsea to rot in their reserves please Mike.

    • Toon Arnie

      No Ashley won’t buy anyone in his bracket ( £20m ) regardless of how good they are so it’s not a case of ‘Mike’ seeing something Rafa didn’t. Using your rationale he must have seen something with Rondon that has everyone fooled ?

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Bulb

  • Damon Horner

    I dont want any of our players slated but simply Kenedy has done the business this season for us, same with Perez, except one of those players gets criticised constantly the other one is defended when criticism comes his way.

    • Kenny

      Perez hasn`t got the talent this kid has got, he`s 22, Perez is 25 and has never improved, never will, only time will tell with Kenedy.

      • Damon Horner

        Doesn’t matter how talented he, he’s not ours after this season finishes. We need him performing this season and he hasn’t.

        Perez’s lack of talent doesn’t justify the disrespect either. He’s a £2mil signing. Not sure what is expected of a player costing us that.

        • Kenny

          Money doesn`t come into it Leicester got £60m for a player they paid £400,000 for.
          as far as disrespect goes what is putting your fingers in your ears to the Fans
          FFS

          • Damon Horner

            So we buy a player for £40mil you’d expect nothing more from him than the other players? Right…. talented players get off the hook easier right?

            Best players in the world are the most expensive for a reason.

            As for Perez that gesture would not be to all fans, just the fans already giving him a hard time. You can’t expect players to sit and take it without an ounce of retaliation.

          • csh

            I think the problem with Perez is more frustration at the fact we know he CAN do it, but constantly makes poor decisions with the ball at his feet. How often does he dribble into blind alleys and lose the ball, how often he’s seen sat on his backside looking for a foul when he could be up trying to rectify his mistake. I rate him but he’s so inconsistent.

          • Damon Horner

            I agree with you on that mate but other than the stuff about playing for fouls you could say the same about Kenedy, i just can’t get my head around the massive difference in treatment between the two.

          • csh

            I agree it seems some people have their favourites and also whipping boys. Takes time but even the likes of Dummet is winning people round, lets hope Kenedy and Perez can both hit some form do likewise.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            “Hard time”… Jesus … he should have been Kevin Scott or Mark Stimson back in the day .. they’d have killed to have gotten Perez’s “abuse”.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            Once saw Kevin Scott nutmeg Ray Wilkins with my own eyes. Great days.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            I saw him nutmeg himself a few times as well .. to be fair he was decent really .. sours oaud one million for him such I thought was daylight robbery on Keegan’s behalf .. he took more stick than he deserved to be honest .. to think Mike Williamson still has a section of fans who think he was a good player

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            Scotty was a good servant, limited yes but good attitude and a big heart. Bit like Williamson and Andy O’Brien really.

          • Damon Horner

            Good for you mate. Must make you feel tough.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Are you on medication?

          • Damon Horner

            What if I was?

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Then you should maybe up the dose

          • Damon Horner

            It sounded like you think players today should be oddly thankful. I think stick from the sideline is pointless.

          • sphinxhunter

            I cannot believe no-one pulled him aside and told him how bad that looks – it doesn’t matter what he thinks or wants it to mean, he wears the NUFC colours (not his own), he represents NUFC fans (not himself) – it is a perfect example of his immaturity and it is reflected in his total performance – poor!

        • Tweed Mag

          He may have cost just 2m, but he has been given every chance to improve. Because he was relatively cheap, it does not excuse him from increasing his value and his overall contribution. He has stayed at his purchase value level – that is the problem. He has the ability, he just needs some consistency.

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          No… he was bought as a kid for £2 million .. that doesn’t make him a £2 million pound player for ever… Dele Ali isn’t a £5 million pound player …

          • Damon Horner

            No it means don’t expect the Ball on D’or anytime soon. You pay £2mil you sometimes can’t develop him. Spurs had some luck and good management with Alli. His development rate is not the norm.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Rubbish.. no one expects a superstar but a lad doesn’t stay the value he was bought atvas a prospect … we bout Beardsley from Vancouver

          • Damon Horner

            Never said he’s worth £2mil now, unless I did? I said if you pay prepare for a possible substandard player. Which he is and not the only one.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            No… you scout talent at youth level and invest in your judgment… price can be misleading .. he was a two million prospect .. years ago .. he’s NOT a £2 million pound player NOW which is what those defending his lack of progress or arrogant petulant antics on the field (especially his celebration) often cite .., he was a boy when we bought him .. he should be a man now.

          • Damon Horner

            I agree, some players don’t develop as well as others though, on this occasion our return will be seen in the balance sheet not one the pitch.

            I’ve never said he’s worth £2mil now just that simply if that’s what you pay then a failure is more likely than him being a success, it’s not like he choose to be average.

  • KennySamsung

    He is a good player still learning his trade in the premiership, at Newcastle he is playing in a side that defends, its going to be a slow process if he stays here. I like the lad but he needs to show a little bit more, however he is playing in a side battling against relegation, I suppose some people will say he is a luxury player that doesn’t make him a bad player.

    We should try and hold on to him just in case that miracle happens and better players are brought in.

    Don’t read the papers!!

    • Damon Horner

      Wingers these days defend and attack. Working with Rafa should have balanced him out a bit more.

      • KennySamsung

        I agree and that’s his biggest lesson learned from Rafa so far. He needs to do everything and so do all our players. The situation we find ourselves in means playing with average players he has to do more.. still nevertheless a good lesson!

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Working with Rafa should help his attack??…. i think Rafa pays about two minutes attention to our attacking game during his week

        • Damon Horner

          I said balance him out more. As in add more intelligence and defence to his attacking instincts. It’s called learning the game.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            At the cost of his attacking skills? It’s called stifling talent

          • Damon Horner

            Why at the cost? Can they not compliment his qualities? Unless he’s world class then he has to for him to have a top level career. He hasn’t got enough ability to be free defensively.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            It’s obviously stifled his attacking game … haven’t you been watching?

          • Damon Horner

            Yep. He’s been rubbish. Why is Rafa to blame for poor Kenedy and his stifling and not Perez?

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            He is … Perez like Kenedy suffers from lack of options when he gets the ball… it must be hard to have to wait and hold the ball due to lack of support .. i never said Perez hasn’t suffered playing in a negative system .. just that he’s NOT a £2 million pound player anymore.. he does tend to dribble with his head down looking at the ball to often though .. I was taught to get your head up .. you know where the ball is .. Gazza was the best at receiving the ball and immediately getting his head up knowing what was on and who was around him .. Ginola, Ben Arfa and Beardsley came close

          • Damon Horner

            Yep, don’t disagree with that. He’s not afraid to move forward with the ball but does so probably on the slow side. Sometimes it’s just a habit to put your head down bit it is better to do so with your head up as you say.

            It might be Rafa’s way but it might also be what he deems necessary to get the results required to stay up. Options to share the load haven’t been signed because we can’t sign them cheap enough. I know Perez is 25 but his experience here with many managers in many positions and systems couldn’t have been simple.

  • Geordiegiants

    Let’s be honest, he has been shocking this season.

    • Kenny

      Only 3 out of 25 haven`t

      • Geordiegiants

        I think Dummett gets along doing his job quietly without any fuss and gets no recognition for it.
        He is no world beater but he just cracks on.

        • Kenny

          He`s been out a long time, but he`s steady.
          Mitrovic has 8 goals & 2 assists in a schitt team
          😂😂😂😂😂

          • Geordiegiants

            I wish our team was that shyte. Rafa would have us flying with that team. Bar The Donkovitic of course. 😀

        • panther

          He’s a good defender

          • Geordiegiants

            Definetly ! I can never understand the stick he gets.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Unless balls are played in behind him .. then he gets exposed on the turn … it’s his kryptonite

    • Damon Horner

      One goal and one assist in 5 months. Not enough to make it at this level in what should be his breakout season.

  • JohnnyH

    Kenedy’s Got the technical skill and ability to become top class, he needs to stop hanging on to the ball as much, and get his head up.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Sometimes it would be nice if when he recieved the ball he had options .. we saw his quality delivery to pick out Rondon … but how many times does he get the ball nowhere near crossing positions AND with no one in the box to hit?

  • csh

    To some extent I agree that Kenedy could and should be giving us more. However he is still relatively young and living far away from his family not knowing if he’s going to be here permanently or not. In time I think he will come good under Rafas coaching, just look at Atsu who has started to look a proper player just recently. Some players just need more time.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Completely agree. Hes also a new father. Patience is key with many young players.

  • Philippines

    Oh, disgraceful…. no “shameful”. no “slaughters”, no “sex change vicars”? Get a life you writers and just use reasonable words instead of trying to achieve ‘the grab’. Please just let the facts speak for themselves.

  • Tweed Mag

    There are very few journalists who have any clue whatsoever about Rafa’s plans.
    They write more fiction than fact. Not to mention the spin they swallow from KBA.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Lee Ryder stated that “Rafa gets a free pass” this season … how can you be a journalist and start every assessment of matches from the point where the manager is beyond criticism? Where’s the objectivity? … can’t he see that wingers need to be receiving the ball to feet in the final third AND with targets attacking the opponents box to have an impact on games ? … Waddle, Sellars, Gillespie, Ginola, Robert and Ben Arfa would ALL struggle in this system … it’s not all about the player … unless you are Bird Box Ryder.

  • mentalman

    One of Kenedys main problems this season is he’s been played at full back, wing back, in the middle and very rarely on the wing which is hos natural position. I know he was billed as a winger who could play in a defensive position but he isn’t.

    He’s young and skilful and needs to be taught how and when to defend and when to turn on the flair and when to do the basics.

    Being part of the chelsea carousel of young talent isn’t benefitting him and he needs to go to a club where he’s not necessarily seen as a star player and can learn his trade

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    Any chance the Mag writer could dial down the hyperbole in the headlines. Not everything is shameful or disgraceful or disgusting. Sometimes newspapers can just be wrong.
    Stop painting us all as put upon victims it come across as entitled and doesn’t help.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      I started to feel scouse

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    It’s hard to be an outstanding attacker playing RafaBall… Lee Ryder at the chronicle likes to invent then push these agendas .. he did it with Mitrovic and Ben Arfa … you have to be available for interviews, you have to answer the phone to Lee and you have to answer his dull predictable questions like Rob Elliot or Matt Ritchie to be in the Ryder good books… the lad is a massive tool.