Kenedy had a contrasting time at Newcastle United.

His first loan spell was sensational. However, the second was somewhat disastrous.

The Brazilian is set to return to England next week, with his current side Granada facing Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Europa League.

The first leg is tonight, with the 25-year-old looking to score against the Red Devils for the second time in his career.

And ahead of the tie, Kenedy has spoke to the Athletic where he touched on his time at St James’ Park.

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He was signed twice by Rafa Benitez, and Kenedy has been full of praise for his former manager.

“He taught me how to be a team player, to do my job in a system,” he said.

 

That sums Benitez up perfectly. His Newcastle team were battlers. They were organised and followed a game plan.

Sadly, those qualities have rarely been seen since his departure.

There have been multiple times under Steve Bruce that players haven’t known what they were doing. It happened most recently against Wolves.

Kenedy is a flair player, but even he appreciates the tactical style of Benitez.

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Kenedy was excellent when he first arrived, but sadly was unable to maintain his high standard when he returned to St James’ Park.

Perhaps he would still be with the club had he played well in his second season. If so, I wonder if he would be as complimentary towards Bruce…

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