On-loan Chelsea winger Kenedy has not been in good form of late or even all season.
His standards this season have slipped from the second half of last season when he was one of Newcastle’s best players.
We also have to remember he’s still only 22 and young players tend to be less consistent as they continue to learn the game.
But Rafa left him out of the squad for the trip to Watford where we picked up a good point in the 1-1 draw, but it could and maybe should have been a win.
Kenedy – a crisis of confidence?
Rafa was asked after the game on Saturday if Kenedy could be back in the squad for our home game against Manchester United on Wednesday night:
“He could be. We’ll see. He can compete for a position, yes.”
“No (not thinking of terminating his loan).”
“At the moment we want to see the Kenedy we signed, who we saw doing really well for us during the second part of the league last season.”
“Hopefully, he can do the same for us during the second half of this season, too.”
“This group of players were training really well, and I wanted to just give them the chance to stay here and do well during the game.”
“We have to realize that the key for us has to be the team effort, and it has to be every player giving 100%.”
“You can see that the players were doing well in the first half, but they made substitutions that, on paper, are better players, and that is the Premier League.”
“We have to be sure that for us everyone is focused, concentrated, and is giving everything because we need the help of everyone.”
“It’s true he’s not playing at the level of last year,”
“He told me the other day he knew he was not playing well, and these mistakes means that he loses a bit of confidence.”
“We tried to explain to him that the only way to change that is to carry on.”
With Burnley beating West Ham 2-0 at home yesterday we are now only 3 points above the drop zone and 3rd bottom Burnley.
Three teams below us all won their games over the weekend – Fulham, Cardiff and Burnley.