Newcastle Top Target Good – But May Have Attitude Problem

We are told that before Newcastle buy any player there is a lot of work done to ensure they have both the right temperament and attitude so that they don´t become problem players at the club, and that they can also withstand the pressure that comes with being a Newcastle player.

Sky Sports and others are reporting we are interested in 23-year-old Jonjo Shelvey, the England international central midfielder, who seems to want to leave Swansea this month.


Jonjo Shelvey – a good player but ….

If the reports are to be believed we are ready to bid £10M for the player who has found it difficult to get playing time this season under both previous manager Garry Monk and his successor Alan Curtis, who will manage the south Wales side through the end of the season.

Shelvey played in the FA Cup 3rd round on Sunday when Swansea were surprisingly beaten 3-2 at League Two side Oxford United.

Curtis has talked about Shelvey´s temperament:

“We all know his ability, everybody can see it. His last game he was disappointing and he is far better than that.”

“I’ve tried to speak to him and his attitude has always been in question, but he just wants to play and he gets frustrated if he is not in the team.”

“If he is in the team he is not a problem at all, if he is not in the team he can be a bit more difficult to manage.”

“He doesn’t come to you, you pull him in and find out when he is thinking about.”

And Jonjo has started just three Premier League games this season, and there has to be a question mark over his temperament, given what Curtis has said.

When he is on form he is a very good player and he could certainly add something to the Newcastle central midfield – which is fairly weak at the moment.

But whether he would be willing to come to the north-east when apparently he would prefer a move back to his native London remains to be seen.

Hopefully, if Newcastle do sign him he will have a new lease of life this season – and certainly we need any new players coming in this month to start immediately contributing to the Newcastle cause if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.

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6 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2016 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #1

    From on Shelvey
    Inevitably though things are never straightforward on Barrack Road and financing the pursuit of Shelvey in addition to an unidentified striking target in this window are at least partly dependent on concluding the sale of a current high earner at the club.

  • expatmag

    Jan 11, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Sissoko or Cisse it is then

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 11, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d gladly trade Cissé for another striker.

  • nut meg

    Jan 11, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Cisse more likely,could also be Marveaux or Obertan who are reported to be high earners. They won’t bring anything much in the way of a transfer fee so my cash would be on Cisse but , you can never rule anyone out when it comes to NUFC.

  • giimps

    Jan 11, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m hoping for collo out so we can get a proper CB in who has height and pace and ball playing ability, this would allow us to play shelvey instead of Anita colback or tiote.
    Shelvey likes to pass and move forwards which will advance our defence and midfield 20yds up the pitch since they have confidence they can cover the space behind, allowing more than just mitrovic and Perez in opposition half.
    Gini and sissoko would have a field day that far up the pitch, knowing we have a decent defence behind them and knowing they don’t have to sprint back to cover.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 11, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Still think if we got Shelvey & Austin ( instead of BERAHINO ) it would go a long way to filling/rounding out the squad. Even if meeting QPR’s £15m asking price last year, it would be cheaper than Berahino is now, not that I’m advocating £15m for Austin, but just using it as an example. If what you hear in the media is true its like £10m for Austin and Shelvey, that leaves £8m for a C/H and we would be in a far better position. One think which is always a problem is getting rid of the flotsam and jetsam accumulated over the years, no names no pack drill.


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