BENITEZ SUPPORTS TROUBLED KENEDY

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Kenedy has had a disappointing start to the new season with a poor showing at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup followed by a defensive lapse at Manchester City on Saturday night which eventually resulted in Kyle Walker scoring the winner.

Kenedy missed a penalty away to Cardiff City – and was lucky to escape red following a kick out on Víctor Camarasa.

All these points to a troubled season for the Brazilian, but Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez knows the 22-year-old has more to offer and when asked about his campaign to date, he told the Chronicle: “With Kenedy you are still talking about a young player.

“He came to us on loan last season and did really well.

“Everybody expected the same level from him from the first minute of the season.

“Every season is different though.

“He came back to us but you still have to understand he is a young player.”

“But we had a conversation and we analysed things he did well and did wrong.

“He knows now. He knows he has my support.

“Now he needs to work hard and deliver because if he works hard he will be OK, he has the talent and he can do well.”

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