Kenedy Getting Accolades – He Can Learn From What Happened To Townsend

Paul Merson has again been talking about Newcastle and particularly about our loan signing from Chelsea – Robert Kenedy – who was named after the former US Attorney General and US Senator.

Paul was on Soccer Saturday over the weekend and is surprised how well Kenedy has been playing for Newcastle.

Kenedy has looked excellent on Newcastle’s left wing and like Matt Ritchie on the right wing he works his socks off for the team and is becoming a better player under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

Kenedy – after scoring against Southampton

Here’s what Merson has said as he sees Newcastle emerging as a good Premier League team at the end of what has been another tough season for the club and the fans:

“I didn’t see the Kenedy one.”

“I’d seen Kenedy about a week before playing in the cup at Chelsea against Norwich and he wasn’t very good.”

“He’s been absolutely outstanding. For me, he’s been the difference,”

“The goalkeeper’s (Dubravka) been great, but to give them that x-factor on the pitch, he (Kenedy) has given them that x-factor.”

“His goals he’s scored, his assists. The goal he sets up last Saturday (against Huddersfield for Perez) is phenomenal.”

“People look at it and go, ‘oh, that’s a three-yard pass, anybody can do that’. No,”

“It’s the way he controlled it, he took his time, he could’ve easily slashed at the ball and put it over the bar or at the keeper.”

“He just plays a little three yard ball to Perez. He’s been absolutely outstanding.”

Kenedy has class – it’s as simple as that – but he is also willing to listen to Rafa and do exactly what he asks of him.

That’s a formula for the young Brazilian to become a great player as Rafa builds a Newcastle team that can compete again in Europe.

The danger for Kenedy is that he goes back to Chelsea and takes a back seat again – but he will know that at Newcastle he can become a regular and potentially a star player.

We said much the same thing about Andros Townsend just less than two years ago after he had played under Rafa Benitez for three months in our relegation season.

Andros was unwilling to stay at Newcastle in the Championship and he seems to have slipped back a bit in his form and displays at Crystal Palace.

The question is if Chelsea will let him go in the summer, but for the sake of the player himself and of course for Newcastle – we hope we can sign him permanently.

He’s also a smashing lad.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • magscar

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Mitro better than Gayle or Joselu?
    That is becoming less and less relevant every week, as we sit in 10th place when the objective was 17th or above. Like it or not, it’s worked out.



    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #140

    Whether Ashley intended it or not his tenure over a profitable stable club is now irretrievably entangled with Rafa. Is there a viable alternative for him to sustain his “asset” if he stays but Rafa goes?

    Whatever the short term intention of agreeing to Rafa’s initial terms on appointment was, it has developed into a pyrrhic situation for him. I believe both he and Rafa know it.

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    There are rumoured to be big clubs sniffing around Kenedy like PSG and Bayern. I hope he learns from what happened to players like Cabaye and Ben Afra… these big clubs collect great players who then NEVER have the chance to displace the established players. Is Kenedy likely to get in ahead of the likes of Neymar, Mbappe, DiMaria, Pastore, Verratti, Robben, Ribery, Alaba? Don’t think so. Better off here lad 😉 It’s the hope that kills you.

  • hibbit

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    magscar @140

    i agree with that other than Ashley has no fear of consequences , he will do it his way no matter what

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Cheers for that Magscar

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone else waiting for the bus?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    We’re sitting in tenth and coming in to our best period of the season, we have the ninth best GD and the team are busting a gut for each other, yet still the clamour for Mitro. Last year we won the league with most goals scored, largely without Mitro, yet still the clamour for Mitro. Does anyone e remember the gung ho football that Blackpool got all the plaudits for a dew years back, it relegated them and Holloway hasn’t had a top flight job since.

  • Jim Ileys Arms

    Apr 10, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Just one thought on the Ashley / Rafa situation. Probably not a popular one, but I think we should give Ashley credit for hiring him in the first place.
    There was an interview with Paul Dummett recently where he said he thought “Rafa’s never going to come here” when he heard the rumour. Many previous Newcastle owners would not have been as bold. It doesn’t excuse his many failings, but credit where it’s due.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 10, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Look at the players that thought the grass was greener else where Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Townsend, Andy Carroll etc,etc,etc. They all played their best football at NUFC and fell like a bag of hammers once they left . You are enjoying good football and are starting to shine as you should have at Chelsea given the chance. Stay at Newcastle enjoy the ride and take notice of the fantastic coaching that Rafa Benitez can give you, Then we will all enjoy the limelight and silverware that we are all waiting for.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 10, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Jim Iley
    Ashley wasn’t astute re Rafa being here, Rafa made the enquiry because he saw potential. Ashley was just lucky Rafa came aboard.

  • Jim Ileys Arms

    Apr 10, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #10

    I can tell you many previous Newcastle boards would have baulked at paying anyone the equivalent of £6million a year, even if it had been a combination of Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho. Ashley did not invent cheapskating at Newcastle.


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