Chelsea loanee Kenedy is enduring miserable spell at Newcastle this season
Chelsea’s loanee Kenedy has certainly endured a miserable time at Newcastle United so far this season and has taken a step backwards since last summer.
The Brazilian spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan with Newcastle, where he helped them stay in the Premier League and become an instant favourite at St James’ Park.
He rejoined Rafael Benitez’s team last summer for another loan this campaign and was expected to continue his rapid improvement.
The left-winger dazzled during his first stint with Newcastle, where he proved to be a serious goal threat and a talisman in many ways for their side.
But this season has gone completely the other way and he may find himself further away from the Chelsea first team than he’s ever been.
Kenedy looks a player short of confidence, with just one goal and one assist in 23 games across all competitions this season.
The trickster has fallen completely out of favour with Benitez due to his inconsistent displays and has featured in just 32 minutes in the last five Premier League games.
Newcastle supporters have started to turn on Kenedy due to the fact he can appear lazy at times off the ball and his quality with the ball is nowhere to be seen.
There may have have been an argument in the summer to suggest Maurizio Sarri should have kept Kenedy as a first-team member at Chelsea to compete for a spot, but his spell at Newcastle this time around suggests he may never be up to the standard required at Stamford Bridge.