Rafa Benitez has explained in some depth the skills and temperament that 22-year-old left winger Robert Kennedy gives Newcastle.
He has been an outstanding success at Newcastle since he joined Rafa Benitez in January and in eight starts this year he has scored two goals and has two assists.
Kenedy is a Brazilian and he been endowed with some fabulous skills as a footballer.
But he also has confidence in his own ability, and Rafa has pointed out that before we got Kenedy, there was too much anxiety in the Newcastle side when we were under pressure.
Kenedy – scoring his second goal against Southampton
The youngster gives us more confidence in those situations when he gets the ball.
And like most Brazilians, he has excellent skills and very rarely gives the ball away.
Here’s what Rafa has said today in the Chronicle about the 22-year-old who we hope we can sign this summer:
“We were talking today about that in the training session. When he receives the ball he is always comfortable. He is never scared.”
“He can make mistakes and give the ball way but normally he is doing well – his pass, delivery at set pieces, his vision.”
“He is giving us something when we play under pressure that we didn’t have. No anxiety, received the ball, pass, cross.”
“Before we were more anxious and making more mistakes.”
“More than that when he receives he sees players around him – he can see the movements at set pieces and corners.”
“Under pressure we had anxiety before, now under pressure he can manage it and gives confidence to players around him.”
“I was following him and I met him in London,”
“I saw him playing for Brazil U20, he was playing left winger, right winger. And I have good information from my friends at Chelsea.”
“Now to see a player who was not playing too much at Watford, or Chelsea, to come here and play at the level he is playing you can say it is a surprise.”
“It is not a surprise, because we were expecting a good player but to do as well as he has in the past months because he was not playing too much.”
It looks like there will be a lot of competition for Kenedy’s signature this summer if Chelsea decide to sell him.
But Rafa can be very persuasive so we hope we can do it – but it will not be easy.