Newcastle’s on-loan winger Kenedy has not had a particularly good start to the season, but we did think in at least the first game at home against Spurs he showed a lot of his skill.
And it so happens that he is currently one of the best dribblers in the Premier League this season.
They measure it stats wise by the number of dribbles you have done where presumably you take on a number of players and come out with the ball.
Kenedy has so far made 10 successful dribbles, and he is only beaten by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who has 14, and Adama Traore (12) have made more.
Kenedy – on one of his dribbles
Traore was a former Newcastle target who moved to Wolves from Middlesbrough last August.
Kenedy is joint 3rd in the dribbling stakes – so to speak.
The stats are amassed by the whoscored.com website.
Traore hasn’t had much playing time at Wolves, and he has played fewer minutes than Hazard’s 223 as an example.
So when you take that into account, Traore has a better dribbling average when you consider the minutes he has played.
Boy, you can do anything with stats.
When you take the minutes played into account – the number of dribbles/minute – Traore is top and Kenedy is third.
Here’s the list but low score is better in this case because what they have done is by measuring the minutes played/dribble (rather than the dibbles/minutes played.
Players position with minutes played/dribble:
Adama Traore – 7.6
Eden Hazard – 15.9
Kenedy – 23.4
Yves Bissouma – 28.4
Jack Wilshere – 33.4
Demarai Gray – 33.6
Nathan Redmond – 36.0
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 36.4
Willian – 37.2
Raheem Sterling – 37.4
As we said – you can do anything with stats, so we had better leave it there.
What does this show?
It shows that Kenedy has tremendous skills and some dribbles he made last season for Newcastle were simply amazing.
He’s an outstanding player and still only 22 – but we have our doubts about whether he will ever sign permanently for Newcastle United.
We hope he does since he’s the type of will o the wisp player Newcastle fans love to watch.
Here are some highlights of his skills from nufcTV:
What do you think?