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Rafa Explains Why It’s Not Easy For This Youngster

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?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I like Kenedy but doesn’t seem to have the confidence he had last season and it’s just not coming off for him.

  • hibbit

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    even if a deal can be reached i just can’t see Ashlie making it a clean break bound to to be strings attached with this twat 😕

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Kenedy will come good. There was a video circulated yesterday showing him limping quite badly behind Rafa at the end of the match. Literally not putting any weight on one of his feet (i forget which).

    Let him get over his injury, have his bairn establish a regular sleep pattern and he’ll be gravy.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail, I think even if we are taken over and make some good signings, a Cup run will be difficult this season and Rafa may not put much emphasis on it.

    Next season, should we see some significant news, then possibly.

    I’d love to be wrong, though.

  • Bambams

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5



    Eleven years of this man at our club will take months of unravelling for the accountants.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Bambams, I think while the complicated layers of shell companies, ownership issues etc are indeed baffling, the guys rumoured to be buying us will have accountants very much used to cutting through that nonsense.

    I’m not saying it’s not an issue, just that I would hope decent and experienced forensic accountants could see it be less of an issue than you think.

    After all, ultimately the entire business pyramid is owned by one man, so at least there’s no investors / hedge funds / shareholders they need to start considering.

  • Mag52

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Atsu Kenedy Perez
    Rondon. might be worth Rafa looking at later in the season once we are clear of relegation worries.

  • Bambams

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8


    I know on Friday they were still going through the books, I think I read something on Twitter last night (msdouglass or a chron link) that allegedly Kenyon had found ‘something in the books’ which resulted in him thinking it was now worth £275 million.

    £25 million drop (If believing it’s 300 although I was told 350) will annoy ash but I have no doubt Kenyon will want absolutely everything looked at twice.

    I just think for all they will probably be very good at what they do, it might take a few weeks yet. He has loans all over the place .

    That’s why I hope as OLG suggests, we hear something positive today.

    Cheers fella

  • hibbit

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    its not just how complicated it is, i’m sure the unraveling is possibly, its the time these people need to do it,
    its time i’m not sure we have going on last year ,

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 18, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    I dunno, you would think if the folks allegedly interested in buying needed to get things done, they would just throw more money at it. After all, what might take 1 person a month might take 2 people one week.

    Time is money and money is time – if they’re serious, they can get it done fast.

    As for the rumour of Kenyon valuing the club for less, paper fluff IMO. Scaremongering and sensationalism in today’s competitive World of pay-per-click advertising..


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