Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been drowning their sorrows in recent times after seeing their side meekly bow out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their second round clash away at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest winless in the Premier League in their opening three matches, including conceding a late goal to lose 2-1 at home to Chelsea on Sunday. And the Magpies were second-best throughout the encounter at the City Ground on Wednesday night as goals from Daryl Murphy, Matty Cash, and Gil Dias sealed a deserved win for Aitor Karanka’s team, with Salomon Rondon’s late equaliser not enough to inspire the visitors to victory.
As such, there have been many disappointed Newcastle fans up and down the country in recent times, some of whom have taken to Twitter to express their frustration at the recent performances of winger Kenedy, with some even expressing doubt over whether he will reproduce the form that helped the Magpies finish tenth in the Premier League last term.
And while those Newcastle fans are well within their rights to express their discontent with the £9 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), the 22-year-old surely did enough last season to suggest that he will come good despite a testing start to the campaign.
Ultimately, the on-loan Chelsea star has endured a tricky first few weeks of the season in missing a last-minute penalty against Cardiff back on August 18 to win the game for Benitez’s side, before producing a horror-show of a performance in the East Midlands on Wednesday.
Obviously, these displays will be of concern to Magpies fans, but one mustn’t forget that the Brazilian winger produced the goods last season for the North East club to suggest that it’s too early to suggest that he isn’t going to have an impact this term – ultimately, the best players often find their way out of a bad run of form.
The 22-year-old made the move to Tyneside during the January transfer window and went on to net twice and lay on two assists in 13 Premier League games for the Magpies, thus helping Benitez’s men to a hugely respectable tenth place finish.
And while those figures are hardly ground-breaking, what was clear was that Newcastle became a significantly more lethal and effective side going forward following Kenedy’s arrival, with it clear that his addition added greater creativity and flair to an attacking unit that had struggled in the first half of the season.
Yes, his start to this season has not been at the same level as his efforts last term, but doubting the 22-year-old’s ability, despite what he did last time round for their club, seems to be too premature at this early stage of the campaign.
As such, given his performances for the club last term, some Newcastle fans are wrong to doubt the Brazilian and his capabilities, with it still likely that he’ll come good for their club this season.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!