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.
What do you think?