There were signs of improvement against City on Saturday, with him at least looking more energetic and interested, however it’s vital that we see the real Kenedy return – with him being one of the main reasons we went from relegation fodder to the top 10 during the final few months of last season.
His showing in the 0-0 draw at Cardiff was a horror show on so many levels, with him failing to complete a pass in the first half, kicking out and later missing a penalty and it seems like his confidence has taken a bit of a hit since then.
Here’s what Rafa’s had to say, suggesting that Kenedy wasn’t the only player he spoke to after last week’s shocking defeat at Nottingham Forest:
“We’re trying to give him confidence.
“In the last couple of days I’ve had a few meetings with individuals. I’ve spoken with them, and I’m trying to help them learn, to show them what they have to do, analyse games on the video.
“After, we go on the pitch and we practice. He has my confidence.”
A much needed intervention from Rafa.
Kenedy is a real talent, but you could see just how little confidence he had during that cup defeat at Forest, with it being his first game after THAT performance at Cardiff.
He didn’t set the world alight at City and didn’t have many moments on the ball, but he got stuck in, looked energetic and didn’t hide – although was replaced early in the second half after having ‘headaches’ according to Benitez.
Hopefully we can see him back to his best soon enough – starting with the visit of Arsenal a week on Saturday.