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Antonio Barreca and Miguel Almiron can play on the left wing although it’s expected that Miguel will play in the withdrawn striker role – the number 10 role – and be able to score some goals for us.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