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Rafa – This Season Is Crucial For This Player

The press has overdone Kenedy’s poor start to this season.

And it’s probably based on the Brazilian 22-year-old missing that last minute penalty at Cardiff that could have had Newcastle on 3 points at the moment rather than just one.

But these things happen – even to the best players.

He’s had a couple of mediocre games – one of them being at Cardiff.

And then he had to leave the pitch with a headache in our last game at Manchester City, and that didn’t help things either.

Kenedy – crucial season for him at Newcastle

But Rafa, as ever, is upbeat and believes the youngster will soon be back in form in the famous  Newcastle shirt.

This is what Rafa has said today in the Chronicle:

“I was talking with him at the beginning of the season and talking with his people and the people around him, including his agent.”

“It is a crucial season for him. Obviously, he would like to go to Chelsea and win the league, for example.”

“Fine but it’s a win-win situation for us. He has to do really well here if he wants to go there and play and have a chance.”

“They are a top side and it’s very demanding. He knows that.”

“He will need some time(to get back to his best. His partner was having a baby and it was a difficult time in the summer.”

“Hopefully little by little it will settle down and he can be the player that we were expecting.”

“He has to be consistent. He was doing really well for us for six months, now he has to prove he is someone who can play at this level for a while.”

“I think he can do it but he has a difficult summer with the baby.”

“She was in Brazil and in London so it was difficult but little by little it will settle down.”

“He wants to do well and he has to do well.”

Kenedy has also been playing with a little pain in his groin which he’s been getting treatment for and that hasn’t helped.

But the winger will be ready to start against Arsenal on Saturday and we expect him to have a good game.

We hope he has a good game.

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4 comments so far

  • jimmygscot

    Sep 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Need Kenedy to perform as he did last season. Owes rafa a good performance. Just hope he doesn’t cut his toenails on friday night or may have to cry off injured LOL

  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    the thing you have to remember with Kenedy is he’s a Chelsea player who will have to return there at some point no point in burning his bridges.
    he had no choice he had to talk them up, but he also has to perform for us if wants to get back in there squad, they thought enough of him not to include a sale clause in the loan so it really is up to him what happens next

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    hibbit, hear hear – well said.

  • Toon&oot

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s a gimme that Kenedy is talented and he along with the GK were key in last year’s success. He is a professional though and hasn’t looked a shade of the player he was last year. His performance against forest was a disgrace. It’s sad state when we are reliant on the performance of loan players to kick start our season. The opportunity to build a successful team or squad is a non starter sadly.


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