There have been talks of a possible termination of Kenedy’s loan deal with Newcastle United due to his inconsistent form this season but Rafael Benitez has chosen to stand behind the 22-year-old.
The Magpies manager was quoted – “It is true that he is not playing at the level of last year, and sometimes players have confidence when they are doing things. He told me the other day that he knew he was not playing well and these mistakes mean that he loses a bit of confidence.”
“We tried to explain to him that the only way to change that is to carry on, and hopefully he will do that. He will stay; at the moment, I think so.”
Kenedy spent the second half of the previous season at Tyneside and shone under Benitez. He was an immediate hit and Newcastle decided to recall him for a season-long loan from Chelsea last summer.
So far the Brazilian has struck the back of the net just once and has failed to replicate his form from last campaign. It is unclear at this point whether he will ever have a place Maurizio Sarri’s squad back at Stamford Bridge but Benitez favours the left-footed winger.
Kenedy offers Newcastle a different dynamic on the wings due to his close control and creative abilities. At 22, he can still develop into a dependable force on the Magpies left wing.
Newcastle drew against Fulham in their weekend Premier League fixture at St James’ Park and a disappointed Benitez said, “I like the challenge and we will try to do our best. When you lose or cannot win, you cannot enjoy it, but I know it is my job and I have to be sure I make the right decisions all the time.”