Newcastle United face a crucial set of fixtures after the international break, where they need to chalk up their first victories of the season and look to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.
The Magpies aren’t overloaded in their squad with superstars, but attacker Kenedy is one of the individuals that can make a serious difference when he is near his best.
Rafael Benitez needs to turn to Kenedy – who earns £25,000-a-week, according to spotrac.com – to lead the club’s revival after a disappointing start.
The 22-year-old has had a belated start to the season himself with his poor form, but has enough quality to turn it around and become a key player once again at St James’ Park.
He is a left-winger with brilliant trickery and attacking qualities, which is why Benitez should take the shackles off him to give him a free licence to roam in the final third.
Kenedy was brilliant during his first loan spell from Chelsea last season and since he returned for a second stint in the summer hasn’t looked the same player.
But there were signs in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester Untied last weekend that the Brazilian is still a vital player under Benitez, as he netted a brilliant left-footed strike past goalkeeper David de Gea.
Newcastle need Kenedy to focus on attacking to give them some extra firepower going forward and he could be set for a huge role in the upcoming fixtures for the North East club.