Rafa Explains The One Vital Quality Winger Gives Newcastle

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.

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13 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Pity he’s offmans at seasons end

  • Ianyd

    Apr 14, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    We need to try and keep this lad. Simple. Outstanding few weeks for the geordies.

  • Graeme

    Apr 14, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Would certainly be nice to see him signed up, PDQ!
    It would be much better to be waving goodbye to Ashley though – that would probably be the greatest springboard to success at NUFC since Keegan signed on!!

  • Ianyd

    Apr 14, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Love the doom and gloom jib you like ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Bit of advice needed lads.
    What’s best for us Brighton Palace draw or palace win?

  • AncientC

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    The new Club World Cup plans sound like a great idea. It’s certainly a format that can be improved upon, unlike the Champions League. The idea of a European league just isn’t valid with the Champions League fitting European competition perfectly. Maybe Benitez could aim for winning the Europa league in the next few years, qualifying Newcastle for the Champions League and the Club World Cup. Winning the Europa league would be hitting the jackpot.


    ‘FIFA has proposed that a revamped and enlarged version of the Club World Cup, planned to start in 2021, would include all European champions, runners-up and Europa League winners from the four seasons up to and including the year of the event. ‘

    ‘The new tournament would be held every four years instead of annually, would feature 31 matches and would need to generate between $650 million and $1 billion in revenue to be commercially viable, according to proposals put forward in a FIFA document seen by Reuters.’

  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    E-mail that to Mike Ashley
    That’ll keep him here with an open wallet

  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Clearly Brighton to lose
    Brighton 3 points behind us
    CP 7 points behind us

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Some good stuff from Shelvey in The Mag.


    (But who users the word “geezer” – I know he’s from Lahnden but)…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Not clearly at all Jiblets or I wouldn’t have asked.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11
  • ben.g

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    I think I’d go for Brighton to lose. If we win tomorrow we can create a bigger gap between them. If we lose tomorrow our 3 point gap stays the same.

  • posada

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13

    The case against Rodrigeuz was not proven. The person making the allegation did not lie, but the powers that be found the case not proven. Probably the right decision. However, how did it differ from the JJS case. I don’t think you should ever find against a player simply on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations from other players. They are not exactly unbiased. Not when the charge badly affects your reputation.
    The John Terry case was different. TV footage provided much of the evidence.


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