Kenedy is on loan for the season, but he hasn’t started this loan period like he did his first one in January when he was immediately superb on the left wing.
But it seems it’s a problem of confidence with the 22-year-old Brazilian wingers, and he knows he has to become more consistent.
Rafa Benitez hopefully will be able to help him with that, and it’s a problem with younger players.
Newcastle fans were hoping in the summer we could get Kenedy back permanently or else on loan and Rafa managed the latter – so we have him on loan for the full season.
Kenedy – in action at Manchester City this season
Kenedy was asked about returning to St James’ Park in the summer, and this is how he responded on the FourFourTwo website:
“I was always very keen to come back.”
“The first loan spell worked out very well for Newcastle and myself, so when I heard they were interested in bringing me back this season, I was delighted.”
“I didn’t play too much for Chelsea, so getting more minutes here can only be good for my career.”
Depending on how Kenedy does this season could well decide his immediate future.
If he does well and comes back into form, it’s almost certain that Rafa will try to bring him to Tyneside on a permanent deal.
This is a massive chance for the young Brazilian, but he must soon start delivering to make his football dreams come true.
Rafa Benitez has already told Kenedy that this season is a crucial season for him and he must be successful.
Kenedy has been used as an attacking force at Newcastle by Benitez.
But when he first arrived at Chelsea back in 2015 from Fluminense, he got a spell in Chelsea’s first team at left back and in the 2015-2016 season played 20 times for the Blues when Guus Hiddink was the caretaker manager.
And he was used at left-back by Rafa in the absence of the injured Paul Dummett last Saturday, in our 2-0 defeat to Leicester City.