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Former Newcastle Star Too Critical Of This Young Player

Newcastle legend Malcolm Macdonald has always been outspoken, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

But sometimes you can be hyper-critical as is the case currently with Robert Kenedy and it’s not just Macdonald – many journalists have had a go at him.

The same ones who were writing how great he was last season for us when he helped us survive in the Premier League.

Kenedy has not had a good start to the season, but it’s only four league games played, and he played quite well against Tottenham.

But that penalty miss against Cardiff City seems to be affecting him, and he’s a confidence player and once his confidence is dented – he’s just not as good.

Kenedy – in action against Cardiff missing the penalty

Here’s some of what Malcolm has written today in his column in the Chronicle:

“I admire Dummett for his honesty and his dedication to the cause – and he needs it with either Kenedy or Christian Atsu playing in front of him.”

“Neither offers any protection whatsoever.”

“Kenedy is having a nightmare, I’ve never ever in my life known a player come off with a headache yet that apparently is why the Brazilian was subbed at Manchester City as early as the 52nd minute.”

“As for Kenedy or Atsu helping out Dummett,  they simply don’t as a rule, which is why United need Matt Ritchie back as quickly as possible.”

“I’ve hardly ever seen a winger work harder when he hasn’t got the ball.”

But Matt is on the right wing, and Kenedy plays on the left wing.

And we just knew when Rafa said after the game that Kenedy came off with a headache that would open the flood-gates for criticism to come Kenedy’s way – and it has.

In our experience, when you do well in any profession, you have to get a thick skin rather quickly because you will always have criticism come your way.

So if you want to be successful expect the criticism.

We’ve criticized Macdonald a little here, but the 22-year-old Brazilian also has to toughen up, because as he gets better – more criticism will come his way.

That seems to be the way of the world.

Rafa has had some private talks with the Brazilian and told him he’s got full confidence in him and the tremendous ability he undoubtedly has.

That should help.

Comments welcome.

57 comments so far

  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Sunderland only manage a 1 – 1 draw
    at home to Fleetwood Town !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Managed by Joey Barton too.

  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Joey Barton on twitter pre-match
    (with his usual cheeky grin)
    “I don’t see it as David vs Goliath
    we are slightly better than them”

  • Online Guy

    Sep 8, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #4


    Thoughtfull post from you on Gary Speed.

  • Online Guy

    Sep 8, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Sunderlan 1 Fleetwood Mac 1 , Stevie Nicks 69th min .

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 8, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Schär and Mbabu playing for Switzerland.

  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Switzerland 2 Iceland 0
    13′-S. Zuber
    23′-D. Zakaria

    UEFA Nations League
    Stadium: Kybunpark (St. Gallen)

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Excellent comments today. Keep it up lads. As for Kenedy, it’s way too early to start heavily criticizing him. Was it a headache or a migraine? There is a huge difference as anyone who has had a migraine knows. Also he has a baby in the house. If the baby has cholic he’s probably hardly sleeping at all. There can be many reasons that a young player has a poor start to the season but he is undeniably talented. We’ve seen that and it doesn’t just disappear.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    For criticism what about Rondon. People still saying he’s not fit??? He’s a senior professional footballer. How can he not be fit at this point? Shocking. He’s away on international duty so I hope we get a healthy player ready to play back…

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #11

    During the onset of a migraine the aura can be so bad that vision is very limited. Often the pain is so bad it leads to vomiting. So calm down and give the lad a few matches to recover form. That means you as well SuuperMac! Harrumph!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 8, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #12


    I was wondering if it was a migraine.

    The Swiss leading 5-0.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye Ron. I thought of it straight away as well. I give Kenedy a lot of credit for what we managed in the second half of last season. He’s an important player for us so let’s not jump all over him so quickly.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #14

    What’s happened to Iceland? Horrific display.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 8, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Pity about Mbabu.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Aye Ron. Looks like we made a big mistake there. Lack of patience with young players is one of our problems.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 8, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #17


    England play Switzerland next Tuesday so it’ll be another chance to watch Schär.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ll be watching if it’s shown over here Ron. To me, it finally looks like we have depth at CB. It’s been a long time coming. I hope Schar works out and Lejuene recovers well. That would give us four good CB’s with Lascelles and Fernandez.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 8, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m sure Lejeune’s injury has cost us a point or 2 already, G2.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #20

    England – Newcastle in disguise!!?!!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa made a mistake with Mbabu. Santon shouldn’t have been sold. Doumbia and Ferreyra should’ve been given a chance. They’re top quality strikers who bang goals in on champions league level.We’d be a lot stronger with these players in the squad. I also think Ben Arfa and Brahimi would’ve made a difference. We need flair and creativity. Brighton have spent a lot. I like Izquierdo. Great player. Murray is lethal too. Luckily, there’s about 8 teams in the league that are worse than us. I fancy us to beat Arsenal in the next game. Think they’ll struggle. Wenger was the best.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Totally agree with you about Lejuene – absolute class
    Dubravka looks lost on his passing out without Lejuene – good job Rafa got Fernadez as Clark and Lascalles not the best with the ball
    Lejuene was going to my pick for player of the season
    Picked him last year – pity about injuries

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #23


    Yes, Fernandez should work out.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #24

    I look at Stones.. I just don’t see this great player that everyone seems to make him out to be. He was massively fortunate that the country was looking desperately for a young ball playing prodigy when he was coming through as a young un. And then Man City believed the hype.
    I’ve rarely seen him put in a good performance!
    He looks out if his depth, to me, at international level at this stage.
    Not that we have too many others any better.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Think I read that Girona are to play a La Liga match against Barcelona in the USA . Girona are going to pay for their fans to fly over for free.
    Sign if things to come.
    Newcastle play Real Madrid in New York in a European Cup match.

    Now answer this question.
    If Ashley agrees to fly Newcastle fans to New York for free how many will he pay for:

    0 ?
    1 ? ( Charnley )
    More than 0 ?

    Don’t worry to reply, I think we know the answer.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Jordan Henderson should’ve even be in the premier league. Poor player.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #27

    If the Toon decide to play s home game abroad then They can stick my season ticket up their arses.
    Newcastle United play their home games at St James’ Park NE1
    Not Fu+*in Washington DC Timbuktu or any where else

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #28

    We are going to be good at the back. It’s the forwards I’m worried about. Is Rondon any better than Gayle? I have my doubts on that one. Will Perez improve this season? I think he has reached his level so probably not. Will Muto come good? That’s an open question for me. I certainly hope so. It’s just not good enough Ashley. Spend some money in January you tightwad.

  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2018 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Ashley wont spend money in..

    As hes selling the club

    Hes keeping the cash for the next manager who he has already lined up

    He is in some kind of dispute with Rafa

    He thinks spending money on players at the moment is way too expensive and free transfers and the like are the way forward

    He need the cash to but HOF

    Take your pick,not one of them is in NUFCs interests

    Its never MAs fault

  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2018 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh i missed one

    MA and Rafa are in collusion and are playing good cop bad cop to fool everyone and keep the cash in MAs pocket,while getting world class players on loan/free etc

  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #31

    As every excuse possible has been rolled out to explain the exploitation were seeing

    They are all lies,MA is not going anywhere and he will spend the minimum on staying in the league
    Hes not interested in competing and will only invest when he get relegated as he needs his advert in the prem

    Everything else is a lie

  • lochinvar

    Sep 8, 2018 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I think we can take it that you’re not keen on that idea then.
    I reckon you’ll have time to get a passport and visa before that becomes a reality.

  • martoon

    Sep 8, 2018 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Ketsbaia9 @21 – I don’t understand your fixation with Santon – he was canny enough going forward but a shocking defender and a right footed left back so always had to cut in on to his right. Dummett while not the greatest going forward is twice the defender Santon will ever be.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 8, 2018 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Martoon has it exactly right ketsy. Santon was a horrific defender. Had no idea how to get back after rushing up the field. Forget your obsession with him. He’s long in the past and we don’t want him back.

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Sep 8, 2018 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #35

    santon started off ok but then became absolute crap so predictable and one dimensional always on his right foot. For left back give me jose enrique any day beast of a full back!

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Sep 8, 2018 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #36

    I liked olivier bernard.. didier domi set up some good goals for shearer but for a LB who was good defensive and going forward has to be enrique although jonas would make any full back look good.

  • toon22

    Sep 9, 2018 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #37

    Its never MAs fault

  • Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t

    Sep 9, 2018 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #38

    Ketsbia @21 proving again to be the biggest loon on the blog. Santon couldn’t defend and was as one dimensional and predictable as they come. Bomb up the wing, cut inside onto right foot. Repeat ad nauseum.
    Doumbia and Ferreyra top strikers banging goals in in the CL?
    Doumbia has scored 2 in 10 appearances in europe since our loan.
    Ferreyra, 8 in his entire career.
    Both can also only score in crap leagues.
    Ben Arfa is and always was a luxury player who could provide brilliance but only like every 5th game at best. Hull didn’t even want him and he found his level in Ligue 1 for Nice.
    Brahimi is the only half decent suggestion you make but he is in his prime years now and has only ever played in crap leagues. So again, no chance.

  • Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t

    Sep 9, 2018 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Toon22 is a shill paid by Chi Onwurah to sully Ashley’s name further.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 9, 2018 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #40

    PPb…lets entertain this newfound mccartyism just for kicks! I agree toon22 is probably the only shill on here!

    …he could be her actually to just promote the name Ashley or maybe even SD!


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