The Brazilian’s speed and directness always had the potential to excite Newcastle's fans. But it is the 22-year-old’s efficiency in both halves that will have delighted his manager most.
His past experience as a left-back has clearly been beneficial to the side. Providing decent protection for Paul Dummett behind him, Kenedy will regularly track back and win the ball.
Neither man is as natural out of possession or in the ball-winning department.
Kenedy also provides outstanding quality with his left foot, from open play and set-pieces.
It will not have gone unnoticed by his manager that, at 33.3 per cent, Kenedy’s success rate from crosses is significantly better than those of Atsu and Murphy.
He whips around half as many balls into the box, but the accuracy is top-class.
|Mins per goal||891||936||300|
|Mins per assist||891||936||300|
|Successful cross %||9.3%||14.3%||33.3%|
Newcastle look more incisive with Kenedy playing wide on the left. While he is no quicker than Atsu and Murphy, his directness has given the Magpies an added goal threat.
The Brazilian tries his luck with plenty of efforts on goal, and his nifty footwork means he is effective at drawing fouls. His positivity and skill earned a penalty at home to Burnley, which Joselu unfortunately spurned.