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Rafa Talks About Kenedy’s Form – He’s Not The Player We Signed

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.

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11 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 31, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    What’s up with the frogs on the blog?

  • jazzyp

    Dec 31, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    So much talent and yet another that fails to produce at SJP. Is it the way we are sent out to play with our defensive formation rather than offensive flair.
    Or is it simply he’s had enough of the club and the way we are ran

  • Mag52

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3


  • Mag52

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    We do need Kenedy playing as he did last season.
    Young players can dip in their form. I watched Sterling yesterday for Man.City. He had some shockers earlier in his career, but he’s consistently delivering nowadays.

  • Bianconeri

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5
  • jazzyp

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6


    Trouble is mate Man city attack clubs whereas we are sent out with defensive formations every game,Almost as a counter attacking team.Put Sterling in our set up and I don’t think you would see the same player

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Kenedy’s form has nowt to do with Newcastle United. He hardly set the world a light when he was on loan st Watford. I think it is down to him. He needs to learn when to showboat and when to keep things simple.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8


    Agree he has to stop the fancy shit but the way we are sent out to play especially at home with 5 at the back and only 1out and out forward won’t help Kennedy’s game,So maybe it does has something to do with Newcastle…Just saying mate

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Why so xenophobic Ronaldo.
    (smiley winky face)

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Kennedy has the skill, but not the attitude.

  • Geordie-john

    Dec 31, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Kenedy has probably had enough of fighting for survival AGAIN . As we all are ! We are Newcastle United and we should be fighting for a top spot.


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