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.