The Chronicle are reporting today that the system Rafa has employed of late with five at the back seems to be hampering Kenedy’s attacking game.
Kenedy has had to play as a wingback, but it seems to be affecting his attacking style of play.
With five at the back, Kenedy has to defend a lot, and he’s not shown the excellent shown he showed last season at Newcastle.
Not yet, anyway.
Kenedy – in action on Saturday against Huddersfield
The 22-year-old seemed to struggle at Huddersfield on Saturday, but he did a lot of decent defending in the second half as the lads hung on to win the game 1-0 and get all 3 valuable points.
This is how Rafa has described why Kenedy is finding the formation difficult at the moment:
“It was not easy for him because tactically it was a strange game,”
“Not too many people have seen that, but Huddersfield started with five and, as soon as they saw we were playing with five at the back, they changed to four.”
“Then it means that they have a winger close to him, and he was wing-back for us.”
“So he has a winger close to him, and a full-back going all the time, because normally Kenedy would go forward.”
“But he had to deal with the distance and maybe two players coming at him.”
“Atsu was helping a lot but, still, tactically for a player who is normally an offensive player to adjust his position in defense, it was not easy.”
“That for me is the main thing, that it was not easy for him to find the right distance between the full-back and the winger, and defend them properly.”
With Rafa having a number of in-form center-backs currently, it’s likely he will keep playing three central defenders in the side.
But we also need to see Newcastle attacking more, with Fulham at home on Saturday is a good game for Newcastle to show more attacking flair.
We need all three points again in this final game before Christmas.
What do you think?