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This Player’s Newcastle Career Could Soon Be Over

There’s a piece on Kenedy in the Chronicle today but unless his form improves dramatically over the final 13 games of the season, his future will not likely to be at Newcastle.

The Brazilian was tremendous last year, but this season he’s been nowhere near the standard he set himself last season.

The report suggests Kenedy is missing his wife and new baby and his lack of form at the beginning of the season didn’t help either.

That was especially true with that last minute penalty miss at Cardiff City, which cost us 2 points and delayed our first win of the season by another nine games.

He took that one really hard, and the criticism also was way over the top.

Kenedy – lacked form this season

If it’s a family problem, then his situation is much like that of Issac Hayden, who wants to be closer to his partner and their new baby in south Wales.

Unless Kenedy’s family is willing to move to Newcastle, it’s a difficult one to solve.

Rafa has also started to play with wing-backs, and that doesn’t suit Kenedy’s style.

Both newcomers Antonio Barreca and Miguel Almiron can play on the left wing although it’s expected that Miguel will play in the withdrawn striker role – the number 10 role – and be able to score some goals for us.

There’s no doubt the Brazilian U23 International helped save us from relegation last season – none at all – and he has undoubted class.

But football is unforgiving, and if he doesn’t come into some good form soon, that may be the end of Kenedy at Newcastle.

And while Rafa really likes the youngster, who is very willing to learn, the manager can also be ruthless when it comes to football decisions.

We hope it’s not the end of Kenedy on Tyneside because he is still well-liked by Newcastle fans and we have to remember that form is only temporary – class is permanent.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • carltoon

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Thanks for training video Simon. I had already watched it. Wanted for the rest of the blog. I think it’s a deriliction of duty from Jib. After all it’s his job. Still he’s on tablets of his wife. So we’ll let it go.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #2

    He needs to lift his game, but he like Perez can benefit from a more attacking approach should Almiron and Barreca allow us to attack more, or perhaps more accurately to say counter attack more often and better. The way we have been playing the attacking players really are up against it, and most quite isolated and crowded out by opposing defences. I expect to see more from all our attackers if Barreca and Almiron can add some pace and skill to our counters.

  • simon376

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #3

    No bother, just seen it’s on the official site as well now

  • carltoon

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #4

    See the Everton fans cheering Man City. Just to get one over Liverpool. Don’t get that.

  • carltoon

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Disgusted at Everton fans. That’s so wrong.

  • ashleysmate

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #6

    What I’ve never been able to understand in all the time I’ve followed sport is, the family is young, they’ve got all their future ahead of them, one of the partners (usually the guy) is earning a Kings ransom.
    Don’t they understand they’ve got that standard because if their partners fantastic salary.
    I understand folk’s get homesick but surely thay should be able to hack it for a few yrs???

  • beefman13

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Thought he was canny, he is, canny BAD.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I can’t wait to see them play. Hopefully they give us another dimension tonour attacking play and gives everyone’s performance a lift. That being said I have to ease my expectations for them to do an impact so soon. Maybe in our next game as they have to adjust to the physicality of the EPL and their teammates.

  • carltoon

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Kennedy s family are with him at Newcastle. That might be the problem.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #10

    If we went 442, then an in form Kenedy would be a great asset.

    ………………..Diame Ki..
    ……….Ritchie..Almiron.. Kenedy.

    If not Kenedy, then Perez or Atsu, although I can’t see Rafa ditching the back 5, just as he brings in a left wing back and with so many good centre back options in the group.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 6, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Haven’t posted for a while!

    In regards to Kenedy and Hayden and their family situation! It’s no different than us mortals. Some commute to work, some far. Some even just come home for the weekends, some are away for a few weeks. Some decide to move with their family because that just makes sense when you have taken a job a long way from home!

    What they all have in common is they all do their job and delivers what’s expected of them! No excuses!

    If Hayden misses his wife and kid why didn’t he bring them along when signing a contract for 4-5 years? What did he expect? He’s a grown man.

    If Kenedy is planning on trying to win a long term stay somewhere why is his family (if that’s true) still in London? What’s the game plan here?

    All in all it’s expected, regardless of what they decide works for them, that they do their job and delivers when at work !

    Kudos to Hayden for his performance of late!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 6, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #12

    I like the back 5 myself. If the wing backs are getting forward then it becomes quite attacking, and in a back 5 there’s room for Schar, who passes so well, and I think room for Perez in attack, who essentially just needs some help I think to bring out the best in him more consistently, meaning more goals and assists, from one of the few players we have that has delivered both in his time for us.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 6, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #13

    I also find it a bit of a stretch to think that Almiron is just gonna come in and replace Perez and solve our problems. Perez is 25 and has 166 first team games for us, Almiron is also 25 and has none. I see them in tandem behind Rondon, with wing backs providing the width.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 6, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #14

    The blog’s been “jimmysmithed”, for old times sake.

  • geordie157

    Feb 7, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #15

    When everyone is fit it’ll be interesting to see who he plays.


    Yedlin schar Lascelles Lejuene barreca
    Longstaff Ki
    Perez Almiron


    That leaves Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden, Kenedy, Joselu.

  • Nadeem

    Feb 7, 2019 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Kennedy is disappointing.Have high hopes for him but went downhill like some on here.
    I wonder who has left to get to cheer with?

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #17

    I thought Kenedy had a decent 10 minutes, without mistakes, against Spurs. He just needs to repeat and build to get his confidence back, do the basics well and then let his abiilities speak for themselves.

  • Jib

    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Surely if he didn’t return to Chelsea he is with us until May
    Just knuckle down and get on with it

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Pleased to see Brighton taken to extra time last night. I hope one day to not have to be concerned over the results of Brighton Huddersfield and Cardiff etc.

  • Jib

    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Rob do think the bindippers have blown it?

  • c-dog

    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Kenedy is not premier league quality
    I imagine he’ll end up playing in turkey or Serbia

    His attitude also stinks to high heaven

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s easy for us to comment on what footballers should behave like due to their unbelievable pay packets. However you don’t know their state of minds. His main club don’t want him, a club he saved from the drop won’t pay for him. He’s a young lad with a new family who has no idea where he’ll be next year.

  • c-dog

    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #23

    A bit like yourself jail? Jumping from rig to rig, not knowing what sea you be able to settle on?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #24

    I’ll always end up coming back home though wherever I work.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib nah this title race could go down to the wire and could be one of the most exciting of recent years. They should have taken the opportunity we have them though.

    The big difficulty for Liverpool is the fact they have no real experience of being title front runners. Mental factors will be rife.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Nantes wanting their 15M, what’s people’s thoughts on that? A contract is a contract and it’s not like Nantes organised that death trap of a plane. Maybe very insensitive making it public while the search for their bodies was going on but I suppose something has to be worked out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #27

    What a game that’s going to be at SJP when they arrive, done us no favours when it was 4-3 that night.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Jail, I’m hoping that we will be safe by then and playing with no pressure. It could be like the Chelsea and Tottenham matches at the end of our two previous PL campaigns. I’m sure the crowd would be happy with that.

    Obviously if Liverpool are still fighting for the title that will make things a little different.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Nantes are legally justified, but morally bankrupt in my eyes.

    There are more important things than money.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Are Cardiff holding out for the insurance payment they are no doubt due if they took insurance out (a given, surely)? I imagine that will depend on the result of an inquest into Sala’s death and that could take months.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #31

    I’m sure it will take months, I read one expert saying it was madness taking a plane like that across the chañnel in those weather conditions. If it’s negligent then they’re not paying out.

  • posada

    Feb 7, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail has a point re Kennedy. The 20M we spent on Almiron we could have used to buy him if we thought he was good enough.
    We clearly don’t want him on a permanent basis.
    However, his wages may be a factor in that.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 7, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #33

    On Kenedy vs Almiron, it isn’t a case of one vs the other, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have both as they bring different things.

    Others have said similar, but the addition of Almiron to the team might well spark Kenedy into life. It will certainly help to draw defenders away from him and give him a bit more space.

    I’m still hoping he can come good this season as he was outstanding for us last.


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