Newcastle United’s Kenedy has understandably fallen out of favour with manager Rafael Benitez recently and struggled for minutes in the first team.
The 23-year-old is on a season-long loan at St James’ Park from Chelsea, but is not showing the kind of form he did when he had a six-month spell with the Magpies at the end of the last campaign.
There was huge excitement when he rejoined on another loan in the North East in the summer, but that hype has quickly vanished.
His return of just one goal and one assist in 23 games highlights quite a story, but it’s his overall influence on matches too that has seen him dropped to the bench.
The left-winger has individual quality to terrorise full-backs, but has completely gone into his shell this campaign and it’s his teammates who have stepped up in wide areas.
Newcastle still have 13 huge Premier League games left as they look to secure their top-flight status and Kenedy could feel like a new signing if he manages to get back his best form.
The Brazilian attacker thrived in the back end of the 2017/18 campaign and fans will hope history repeats itself for the left-footed ace.
Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu are the current wingers putting in a shift for Benitez’s team, but Kenedy would surely replace them if he can get back in the groove.
Newcastle’s creativity should be helped in the final third by the arrival of playmaker Miguel Almiron and it will be intriguing to see if Kenedy has the desire to force his way back into the fold.