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Video – This Is What Newcastle Are Getting With Jonjo Shelvey

11:42 am, Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 151 Comments

Here´s what Newcastle are getting with Jonjo Shelvey – if we can sign him from Swansea – hopefully today.

All kinds of passing ability from the England International midfielder,  in some of the games he played in August last year – including against Newcastle.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

151 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Then again we could be getting this

  • 2 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Thanks for that article on Shelvey. That confirms my words. Newcastle don’t seem to get that aspect. They never learn.

  • 3 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    @Blackley – Liverpool sold him because he wanted to leave to play and had a bunch of players ahead of him that they’d spent alot of money on.
    Think at Swansea, hes their most valuable asset that they can sell whilst already having players at the club that can come in and play his position. They are desperate to sign a couple of strikers.
    One of the problems shelveys having at Swansea is his style doesn’t fit their philosophy that much. Hes been criticised and dropped this year because of his impatience to try and make something happen with a cutting through ball or a 30 yard effort rather than ball retention. Personally I have no problem if he comes here and has an effort or 2 from 30 yards or tries to play what the welsh press call ‘Hollywood passes’. (wales online)
    Wish we had a couple more players that tried to unlock defenses.
    Think the overall feeling is that Shelvey doesn’t want to be at Swansea, and the guy they’ve put in charge doesn’t want him either. Risky to promote a coach as we’ve seen in the past here. Curtis seems to be set up to defend first from what i’ve seen?
    I liked Shelvey in his england performances. And he didn’t get called up for nothing. He’s arguabley swanseas best player regardless of what their press are saying.
    The last 3 times i’ve seen him play against Newcastle he’s been the best player on the pitch each time!

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Since Obertan signed for Newcastle he has got more assists than Townsend in his Premier league career. Obertan has played less minutes during that period than Townsend as well.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Nice article to read though mainly it just says he didn’t fit at Swansea and says he may have a attitude issue but doesn’t confirm it as they have no proof. Plus u can always find someone who will have bad words to say on players, just look at the propaganda put out on our leaving players

    Personally am still happy with Shelvey coming in he’s not the best but he is better than what we currently have (Saviet aside because I know next to nothing about him)

  • 6 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    @WWSBRD – yeah, Lazio back as a force then? I’ve not watched Italian football since Maldini retired. Loved it in the early 90’s, must have put out many a window trying to be Papin and van basten on the volley but since the match fixing scandal the league for me is well behind the EPL, la liga and Bundesliga. I work in in Holland and France a fair bit so follow their leagues now and again, id have no time for life if i watched serie A 🙂

  • 7 WWSBRD // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    U back up my thinking…or I back up urs any more often and we will be accused of being the same div behind the screen

  • 8 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    That Wales Online article even mentions they have no idea what he’s like on the training ground.
    Swansea for me have gone very newcastle this last year. Did amazing to finish 8th, in which Shelvey was most definately a vital catalyst. All their play came through him.
    They then sold their top striker, barely replaced him, didn’t invest, sacked a manager the fans loved, replaced him with a coach…. be shocked if Shelvey wasn’t unimpressed.
    Lets be honest, we’d have backed any newcastle player to the hilt had they been unimpressed with the clubs antics last year!

  • 9 JDdubai // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Think Shelvey could be good, but we need a pacy CF to run beyond the Cbs for him to play these throughballs. We currently have no-one who turns the Cbs and runs in behind.

  • 10 sparky55 // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    just looked at the video and from what I’ve seen it looks like he’s always looking to put players through quickly and that’s definitely what we need at NUFC…whether or not Mitro will make the runs to get on the end of them I don’t know but I think Winji will be very pleased to see passes of that quality put through as often as he does if he plays in the hole.

    None of us have any idea as to how the team will change to accommodate Saivet and Shelvey and possibly an other coming in…so I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see 🙂

  • 11 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:56 AM


    There’s an argument that he’s a breakthrough signing. An established Premier League player.
    And there’s one that he’s a typical opportunistic signing from the seconds bin.
    Neither or both might be true. Either Swansea or us may end up looking like chumps.
    Though Norwich are selling someone back to Bournemouth for £7m, so there is a bit of it about.
    Welcome back by the way.

  • 12 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    ha, I got accused of being a profile for someone once. I can’t remember who it was…. a guy that used to post all the time but never does now… Ciaran maybe?
    Aslong as no one thinks im Jeff i can handle it 😉

  • 13 WWSBRD // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Must say mate I’ve not watched it Italian football in a very long time only when the teams play in CL and even then it’s not a priority

    Supposedly they are a league on the up though but who knows. I only really watch PL these days as u say time is the main issue plus I get sick of watching other teams and comparing them to Newcastle it’s depressing

  • 14 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Whenever I have watched Swansea in the last few years Shelvey has been one of the best players on the field in near enough every game !

    He bossed Cabaye and Tiote and he can take set pieces and score goals from outside the box !

    Still need a centre back , left back , left winger and striker or it will be another failed window where we have not got what we need

    Would take Remy on loan to guarantee us the goals

  • 15 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    The lad undoubtedly has ability, no question about that, but his attitude has got to be questioned, surprisingly he is only 23 year old so hopefully his past has just been immaturity but now coming up here at his age may be what is needed to finally add a bit of maturity to his persona, if so then he is a great signing, if not and he turns out to be as difficult as Ben Arfa was, then we could be in trouble, we are taking a gamble with him, lets hope it pays off.

  • 16 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I hear that. However, it sounds like wishful thinking to me. Looking too hard for reasons to be positive. At Liverpool or Swansea or any team good players play. Same with Townsend. Liverpool and Swansea are our level more or less. These lads aren’t failing to command a place at Barca.

  • 17 WWSBRD // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I think it was Ciaran mate, shame he left I quite liked that lil radge. Luckily I don’t recall being accused of multi poster been called a mackem a lot though so swings and roundabouts

  • 18 WWSBRD // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    True though his attitude issues at Liverpool were just because he wanted to play (Gerrard was annoyed when he left because he saw a future him in Shelvey) and Swansea could be put down to their implosion this season

    He seems to struggle to accept poor play from others and he’s willing to tell them, I like that and think we need it

    But yeah it’s a gamble though if he had come in during the summer people would of loved it I’d bet because he was THE player at Swansea last season. Time will tell though but I am happy he’s coming (fingers crossed)

  • 19 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:05 PM


    Thanks for the welcome, its nice to be back,

    I agree with your comments about Shelvey, as it stands either us or Swansea could have egg on their face whilst the other is laughing all the way to next seasons PL fixture list and the riches that come with, time will tell which of the two clubs got the better deal.

  • 20 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    While they aren’t totally overwhelming signings ( provided all is concluded) at least the primary area of concern, our lamentably dishevelled midfield, is being addressed in some way. Time will tell as to whether this is all cheapskate and stop gap, and our illustrious coach knows what he wants to do with them 😐 – having said that owts better than nowt atm.

  • 21 Reyantoon // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Townsend is what we need now 🙂

  • 22 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:10 PM



  • 23 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Not sure about all this Townsend Mullarkey though. I think I should be just glad all the Carroll and Austin articles have shrivelled up.

  • 24 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:12 PM


    “He seems to struggle to accept poor play from others and he’s willing to tell them, I like that and think we need it” if that’s the case then he’s going to have plenty to say if he does come here lol.

    To be honest I’m glad he’s here as well, but at the same time I’m also concerned, looking at your words above are part of what frightens me, the last thing that we currently need is bad feeling amongst the players, and that could so easily happen.

  • 25 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Who do we think is requesting these bods anyway? McLaren 😉 maybe shelvey is his bargaining against Carrs Saivet?

  • 26 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Regardless of anything else. Its money being spent on a proven Premier League ENGLISH international in an area where we are weak as american beer! In January of all times!!! Its a start…

  • 27 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Regardless of anything else. Its money being spent on a proven Premier League ENGLISH international in an area where we are weak as american beer! In January of all times!!! Its a start…
    @Tsunki – i’d still take Carroll mind 😉

  • 28 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Seems like most fans have been crying out for someone to give our lot a boot up the chuff so well have to make our mind up what it is we want, a leader and some grumpy French men who play properly, or another whispering bob and some nonchalant French men who don’t bother. I left any other nationalities out due to being a bit nonchalant.

  • 29 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Jayphoto – NOOOOOOOOO!!!


  • 30 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Actually, long ball from shelvey to Carroll…..

  • 31 WWSBRD // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Hopefully he will haha

    It’s true that kind of attitude could cause issues but we’ve had the say nothing approach since Nolan et al were shown the door and it’s not worked at all

    I’d take the change right now

  • 32 BeeGuy // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Could Shelvey be our next Joey Barton, or go to the limit and be Nile Ranger?

  • 33 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    good old temuri ketsbaia ! oh wait its jonjo ^^

  • 34 jimiley // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    We buy more rubbish than good players. Why is one relegation threatened club selling a player to another? Surely you keep your good players in a relegation fight? And Swansea do not need 10 million if they stay in the league. They will get 140 million next season from SKY just to stay up.

  • 35 sparky55 // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:23 PM


    enough already!

    I admit I was purely going off Hodgsons love affair for him and on the basis he’s english and and an english international so if it went t!ts up we’d not lose much and therefore worth the gamble.

    If however he’s worse than Obertan then I’d like to officially remove any positive thoughts or comments I’ve made about him on this blog and I’ve just sent myself to the naughty step for an hours contemplation.

  • 36 Belfast // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    The Austin articles will never shrivel up !! Neverrrrrrrr!!!!

  • 37 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Ok……for all the conspiracy theorists out there……we sign Andy Carroll next monday……….48 hours after playing WHU………Any takers on this?

  • 38 Belfast // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    No expat he’s already agreed to join the only way is Essex.

  • 39 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:27 PM


    This is how they claim to operate.
    They track targets for a long time and sign them when they come within the crosshairs of the transfer policy. Like Saivet.
    But they are prepared to snap up an apparent bargain that fits the template if it becomes available. Like Shelvey and Colback (also English and Premier League) before him.
    This will probably be followed by some book balancing elsewhere in time.
    To me, this isn’t evidence of a new policy, but of the old one operating as they have described it.
    It is measured and prudent and I welcome it. as I did the summer signings.
    But the question is still whether it is yet enough to be sure we are going to climb rather than stay in the same place.
    As it was after the summer.

  • 40 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Ha, fine, I’ll stop! When I went to check out those stats I wasn’t expecting that result mind, I knew it would be close but expected Townsend would probably be a bit better off….

    Amazing what a couple of signings do for the mood of the blog!

    As for Shelvey having a go at players who are under performing, good. About time someone in that 11 didn’t put up with mediocrity and worse. We are in need of someone who will kick a few arses.

  • 41 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    @34 jim

    i read it was his attitude as he does not like being benched or not starting !

    tbh we could have got him from the confrence league and i’d of been happy with him just for the chances he creates from playing deep nvm the rest he brings with him.

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM


    The thing is with Townsend he can look a bit flash at times but realistically his end product and penchant for taking wild 40 yard shots instead of passing to better placed team mates would drive you bananas.

    The guy has been out on loan 11 times and you can see why. Yes I’m no fan of Obertan and Thauvin but Obertan has provided more assists in less time playing in a poor team. That says it all.

  • 43 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM


    It all depends how he goes about it, Nolan was constructive and got the best out of those around him, as you say we desperately do need someone like that again, is Shelvey that man, lets hope so.

  • 44 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    the mood and confidence these lads will bring our players without having stepped on the field should be enough to let our strikers score those tap ins they have been missing surely 😉

  • 45 Belfast // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Probably very misleading stats though, considering he hasn’t been involved much at Spurs under that manager.

  • 46 2_goal_tino // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Has there been any indication about Saivet’s position? Was he signed as a winger or central midfielder?

    I know he has played CM this season, but before that he was solely a winger. Does anyone who follows French football more closely know why the switch? Was it through necessity because of injuries in the middle or was it a tactical switch?

    Just wondering because in a number of fans prospective line ups I’ve seen him put in at CDM (has he ever played here? There is a big enough jump from LW to CM but LW to CDM seems too much of a change). I presumed he has been signed to primarily play on the left and allow Gini to come into the middle.

  • 47 Belfast // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    If you’re mainly a sub most weeks your stats probably won’t be fantastic.

  • 48 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    @expatmag – i’d take a fit andy Carroll every day of the week. The only negative is his record of fitness since he left.
    Fact is we haven’t had a striker that has dominated defenders like Carroll did since Shearer.
    Add into it that hes a geordie, a toon fan, and seems really popular in every dressing room hes played in so decent for morale.
    Above all else, he’s better than what we have. Is he the best we could get? Maybe so… pleased to see the club are targetting world class players like Lacazette, but unfortunately at this moment in time that ilk of player isn’t going to sign for this club in the position its in. The club can either sign an unproven unknown thats using the club as a stepping stone. A player like Ben yedder, who could become a superstar or a flop ala riviere. For me Carroll is probably the best in ability terms of proven strikers that we could hope to attract. I prefer him to Austin. Not saying theres not better players out there, just don’t think in the position we are in we could attract a player that would instantly make a difference better than carroll for this season.

  • 49 belgrade fan // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    just bought my Newcastle jersey for 15 euros, ready for game 2night

  • 50 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    He has started as many games as Ober, and played more minutes, so not sure it is that misleading. Playing in a side performing better as well.

  • 51 davis_toons // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    A BIG Thank You Spoof Bro for the link @1 that is very much needed.

    which i often watch him doing a “typical Shelvey” hopefully he can do more of a James Milner putting in a little more hardwork here. That what we want not a “balotelli” walking in the midfield pointing fingers when going gets tough..

    Of course, everyone here knows about his abilities and hopes he can really make it here while still young (23)

    … a club for, we are not..ask obertan on that (the player that lost his way?/confidence?/ abilities?…lost his mind due to high wages properly)

    Still glad that Chief Scout Carr have ask for more funds to get it done. .hope for the best.

  • 52 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    2 Goal Tino,
    An interview with Saivet that Firebug posted on here earlier said McClaren had told him he would be used in centre mid.

  • 53 WWSBRD // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Nar let the ball get go nuts with them haha least it’ll be entertaining. Another Bowyer Dyer moment howay who didn’t enjoy that haha

  • 54 Our Toon // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Townsend is an interesting one, I’d take him as he’s better than most of what we have on the wings, he can go either way and the only time he had a long spell in a team he was very good and that was at QPR in the prem.

    He is greedy, he does like long range shots, at least he’ll shoot or cause the opposition headache, Townsend on one wing running at defenders and Sissoko on the other will give us very good balance.

    Shelvey 12m a bit steep but 23 and needed, main issue is his attitude which isn’t to dissimilar to John Carvers, thinks he’s better than he is and offers fans on for fights. If he’s coming here to knuckle down and graft then excellent but if he’s coming to be the same lazy sod that he’s been at Swansea then we have issues!!

  • 55 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Crofts. It’s a worthwhile hope.
    But it’s not a given.
    The summer signings appeared to give no boost to mood and confidence on the pitch.
    One of the reasons the mood on this blog is so up and down is because we are always declaring things “sorted” only to see things pan out at the lower end of the expectations scale.

  • 56 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Tbh our French actual playing contingent has dwindled somewhat. Only Sissoko remains a regular starter

    Gouffran, Marveaux, Obertan, Haidara, riviere, thauvin are rarely to be seen but are still taking up squad places. The wages we are paying for those not good enough no-shows must be painful for Ash and understandably so, as it would be to any owner.

  • 57 Our Toon // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:40 PM


    Something the stats don’t show is how Townsend commits players which opens up space for others. Obertan refuses to beat a player or use his pace….more times than not going backwards

  • 58 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    our toon

    i think townsend is more likely to give his own team and fans headaches

  • 59 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    I don’t take too much notice of stats as they can mislead to easily, you could have a winger who puts 15 great crosses in but the poor quality strikers could fluff them all, look at Thauvin and some of the quality deliveries that he has put in for Perez and Mitro to squander, and then you could have another winger who only managers one decent cross but has the good fortune to get it converted, statistically the good winger looks bad the the one cross a game winger has good stats.

  • 60 Essex Geordie Bill // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    I’m ecstatic, I reckon he will be our best signing in years. A Gerrard/Lampard type player that will transform the midfield and help us turn good performances into winning performances.

    Pity he can’t play tonight!!

  • 61 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:46 PM


    i don’t think it’s always about attackers physically dominating defenders. I like quick nimble intelligent strikers, not lumps like benteke with his hand up waiting at the back post all the time and making no movement to get in behind or drag defenders out.

  • 62 magscar // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    I’m with Tsunki on the addressing of the midfield dynamic as it is not always the case that is simply the personnel up front or at the back causing all the problems. Might allow us more of round pegs into round holes which is always good.

    It is not impossible that both us and Swans benefit (late Christmas present for Welshie?) much depends on whether his “attitude” can be properly channelled ala Nolan and Swans invest wisely in a striker that fits their system. Should this happen as well as keeping Villa and Mackems below us we will need to reel in Norwich, Bournemouth and/or WBA into dogfight. There is usually some side which has a spectacular collapse in 2 CND part of season but can’t see any obvious candidates above those mentioned just yet and for all mid to low table clubs January spending both individually and compared to their rivals clearly will be pivotal.

    On the other hand it occurs to me that maybe the Swans also have one eye on relegation and are looking to unload now than fire sale in summer. Indee not sure if going with Alan Curtis isn’t their Carveresque moment!

    As with most still want more in and a Bellamy type forward is my wish. Certainly not inclined towards Berahino given his antics ( mind could be argued it is just like Bellamy but that isn’t what I meant). Tiote out would be a gamble but might pay off as I am not convinced his recent improved performances are likely to last. Much depends on fee and for wages reduction you would think it is he or Cisse in frame but latter is injured.

    Like Lilo’s suggestion of a Byram/Willo swap with cash balance but not sure dealing with Cellino would be easy 🙂

    Fringe players are likely to be wanting to sit tight until a free is on offer unless the right club for them comes in this month.

  • 63 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Our Toon,
    Yes, Townsend commits players but then lashes it high wide and not very handsome. Would you play Sissoko on the left? Townsend is very much a left footed right winger. That is his main position. He doesn’t cross which is why he doesn’t get assists. Spurs are a much better side without him because they release the ball quicker and play more football, creating opportunities for Kane.

  • 64 Toon_Tom // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    if he is signed today will he be available for selection tonight folks?

  • 65 Toon_Tom // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    JonJo that is ^

  • 66 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:49 PM


    not a Benteke fan I assume, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a black and white shirt, play to his strenghts and he’s a handful, however I think he is doomed to fail at Liverpool, they don’t play to his style, seems like they have repeated the Andy Carroll mistake, and I wouldn’t say no to seeing him come back either.

  • 67 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    @55 bandb

    true but it’s made me feel a hell of a lot better and given me something to look forward too.

    a buddy just posted we have upped a bid for a cb to 18.8m (euro’s i’m guessing) no idea if its true or who the cb is though if it is.

  • 68 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Reyantoon at 21


  • 69 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    The trade off for hailing them as useful signings rather than saviours of the club, is that I won’t be screaming blue murder at them and writing them off in six weeks if they pull up no immediate trees.

  • 70 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:54 PM


    with a carroll, crouch or benteke you are only ever going to see one way of playing and you’d be craning your neck all through the 90 mins.

    Look how much better liverpool played when they got shot of carroll and look at the quality of football Stoke now play without Crouch. Equally Benteke doesn’t fit in to a free flowing passing team that keep it on the deck.

  • 71 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:58 PM


    It is a the very least something to look forward to and, that rare thing, something new to talk about.
    Hence, I think, the rather spaced-out mood of harmony on the blog today.

  • 72 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    @67 update

    the cb is koulibally but the report is from the metro so i’m not hopefull 🙁

  • 73 Lindisfarne // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Jonjo is a Dreamboat!
    Jonjo is a Dreamboat!
    Lala la la! Oo!
    Lala la la! Oo!

  • 74 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    @71 bandb

    true ! it’s a very nice place to be on this blog when we do actually talk about football and our main aim is not argueing and upsetting for the sake of it.

    we should make a signing a day i think throughout the season 😉

  • 75 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:02 PM


    I totally agree, but do we play a free flowing passing game, based on what we have seen so far it appears as if McClaren does prefer to use a target man however Mitro is struggling at present, I do believe that Mitro will prove to be an asset for us, but for where we are and for what we need, I do feel that it needs changing up front, we’ve seen the quality that Thauvin can supply, one or two of them getting converted would surely be a huge boost for him and with a sustained run I feel that he could be a huge player for us, but we need an end result and sadly Mitro and Perez are not supplying it, so why not AC.

  • 76 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Steve McClaren presenting Jonjo Shelvey…

  • 77 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    afternoon all
    seems quite happy on here today for a change!lol
    thought mbabu was a cb?…coz i was wondering if thats why there not really pushing for a cb in this window as its not a priority coz they have him…yes he’s young but i believe he could be a quality cb given the chance.

  • 78 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Some of Shelveys goals are excellent we need someone who will have shots from outside the box

    On Mitrovic I think he can be our version of Giroud with his hold up play with quick passing and overlaps around him just needs to add a finishing touch

    Getting Remy on loan while Mitrovic and Perez get used to the premiership more would be a wise move

  • 79 ctommo // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Give him a chance and if he comes with the right mentality he will be a great signing.

    The same press who are slating him now were raving about how Liverpool were missing him so much just a year ago.
    Colo will probably be gone in the summer, Jonjo will get the captains armband, hopefully kick a few into shape and become a toon legend. 🙂

    Striker should definitely be premiership proven, but the problem is whether Remy would have the desire to come and play for us again. Berahino could be good, but needs to sort his attitude plus he seems set on Tottenham.

  • 80 Novocastrian66 // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    YMFB; Good un.

  • 81 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:10 PM


    It seems obvious that if they give people something to, as you say, dream about, then perhaps they wouldn’t want to talk politics so much.

  • 82 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    That video though. The amount Shelvey puts through Gomis is unreal. If Gomis was better at timing runs (most offside play in europe in his last year at lyon) he’d have 30 goals a season playing with him!
    I like that shelvey always looks for a killer pass first. His first thought seems to be attack and forward. Hopefully other players offer him the movement but I can see him linking well with Gini and Perez

  • 83 Lindisfarne // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Andros Townsend is a bit expensive for a left back.

    Andre Carrillo is quick striker, good on the ball and can play out wide. Plus is being stopped from playing because his contract is ending and he does not want to renew at Sporting.

  • 84 Jack Root // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Shelvey would be an excellent signing. Though prone to a bit of red mist now and again he appears to have learnt lessons with the experience of playing at a higher level. He’s generally competitive and composed, hard working running at players thereby creating space, passes the ball forward to create opportunities for strikers. He possesses a powerful shot too. Box to box and key to finally forming a decent midfield to feed what has been an inept strike force. Could make a big difference in the second half of the season. He has England aspirations which is also a good motivator.

  • 85 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades!

  • 86 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    This team looks really balanced…


  • 87 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    If we do get Shelvey which seems probable rather than possible, Swansea would probably use the cash to find a striker which they so badly need, Manolo Gabbiadini appears to be top of their wish list, could we not give them a sucker punch by signing him as well, he is a proven top quality striker and we do need one as badly as Swansea do

  • 88 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Croftus if the signings are like Cabella Thauvin and colback I don’t think the arguing will relent much 🙂

  • 89 beermonkey // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    is shelvy having his medical yet

  • 90 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    with these 2 signing it does look like we will be playing 4-2-3-1 or 442 but i thought and adventurous 3-5-2 might be worth a look at…..
    just with the players here(or nearly here) now……aarons up front for pace

  • 91 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Mbabu has played almost all of his games for Switzerland youths and for our Reserves/U21’s as a right back. I can’t remember the numbers off the top of my head (I looked them up the other week when having the same debate with someone), but it was a handful at centre back and the majority at right back.

    I do think he could slot into centre back comfortably, and if we signed Byram or Sterry progresses well then centre back could become his most likely route to first team football.

  • 92 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Well let’s just hold on to the enthusiasm for a bit ha ha after all these are signings potentially to steady the boat (stopped calling it a ship. They call submarines boats too, btw) rather than fly up to cl places. I’m not going to jump around in celebration at reaching 12-14 th at the end of the season. If we get there that is. Would anyone really have started our season thinking shelvey and a relatively unquantified midfielder would be the basis for a top team?

  • 93 Belfast // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Currently undergoing medical according to sky sports sauces

  • 94 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Spoof we would probably end up with Marco.

  • 95 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:32 PM


    Now don’t lower the tone lol

  • 96 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    gmorning all,

    seems a great day so far, with groo from despicable me signing 🙂

    add a win over manure, and itll be a great fcuking day!!!

  • 97 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    8mil very very good price.

  • 98 Spoof // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Liverpool have signed Caulker on loan, we could have done with him, he may be as slow as a carthorse but surely he is still better than Colo

  • 99 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    cheers mate was just wondering….they might be holding off getting a back up right back until they know exactly which position his future lies…..still think willems has already got and agreement with us to sign, just his injury has delayed him being signed now…just my personal belief like.

  • 100 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Hmm. A Carthorse does have four legs. And we can bolt it to the cart. Go on….

  • 101 jayphoto // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    @Lilongwe – pretty sure he’s played most of his career as RB you’re right. Definately remember seeing him say in an interview that he saw his long term strongest and favoured position as centreback though don’t know whats basing that on.
    Hes put in the best left back performance ive seen at this club in a couple seasons to be fair

  • 102 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    was reading before you mentioned losing saivet for the african cup….he’s senegalese mate and they didnt qualify thankfully…it was brought up last night…just thought i’d mention it

  • 103 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    @lilong + jay

    both correct.

    seen him play a fair few times and almost always at rb but you are correct jay the lad see’s himself as a cb as he seems to have a passion for the possition.

    either way right/left or cb the lad has some career ahead of him !

    tbh guys i dont knowif anyone else who watched the youth teams can back me up but i dont recall mbabu playing as good for youth level as he does for the first team.

  • 104 LGFUAD21 // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    I think Swansea are crazy to let their best player leave. Just as I thought Liverpool were crazy to let him leave for Swansea when he is the closest thing they had to a Gerard replacement.

    I know there are doubts over his attitude but I’m thrilled with this signing. This guy has incredible vision that seldom gets recognition. #

    What does this spell for Colback and Anita though.

    ALSO WE better sign a CDM to replace Tiote. It’s no good having 500 CMs.

    Also it may add creativity but it wont matter if our strikers dont start putting chances away.

  • 105 magscar // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Talk of ships/boats and the ubiquitous carts and horses brings to mind the old poster joke of ” when you are up to your a@@e in crocodiles it is easy to forget that the objective was to drain the swamp”

    Signings this window are ideally to manage the crocodile problem yet leave us in a position to then push on with the original swamp issue. To achieve this the signings have to be part of an ongoing plan and not simply a reaction

  • 106 croftus5678 // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    shelvey has arrived for medical at 1.30pm

  • 107 ctommo // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Seeing as Swansea are in the selling mood maybe we should stick a bid in for Ayew aswell

  • 108 Bobbybee // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    For those who missed it last night, james toon posted an interesting link on saivet that’s well worth a look. His stats when matched with Anita and Colback are mouth watering. One to link defence to attack rapidly.

  • 109 Toon_Tom // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    could he play tonight if passes medical?

    Same with Saivet?

  • 110 magscar // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    …… to yet another crisis. Time will tell whether we finally have a joined up plan over several windows. Not yet convinced but am open minded. Apologies for accidentally hitting submit on earlier post.

  • 111 ronaldo aarons // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Gabbiadini is not leaving this window but will be in the summer. Neither is koulibaly as Napoli have a fantastic chance of winning the title this year. Gabbiadini said he doesn’t want to leave despite the sub appearances as he still has a good chance of making the Italy squad. I’m a big fan of him and koulibaly.

    I always thought mbabu was a right back, not a cb.

  • 112 beermonkey // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    croftus/ jay

    did mbabu play in the last match ???
    if so where and how he do

  • 113 Goofy // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    It looks like Tiote is going nd if there’s a second going i’d let Colback go before Anita. Anita adds a lot more than Colback, his vision, his quick passing and thinking. Colback always seems to need an extra touch. His heart is on his sleeve but lacks in the skill department. Colback’s maybe a harder tackler but Anita doesn’t shy away either.

  • 114 Mag52 // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Well, well. Internet out for a couple of days and it looks like we’re on course to sign up two players.(Fingers crossed for Shelvey)
    A central defender now, and someone to bang ’em in up front and job done.

  • 115 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Shelvey will pull the trigger for Mitro with his passing – and if Mitro takes the opportunity given him, he’ll knock in a few from now on.

  • 116 ronaldo aarons // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Toon Tom
    Neither will be able to play tonight I think.

    Still on the fence with shelvey if I’m honest. Would have preferred to add a couple more million and sign johannes geis of schalke.

  • 117 geordie157 // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    I think McLaren gets a bit of unfair stick for not getting Derby promoted last season, the wheels came off mainly due to Chris Martin being injured, Bent his back up striker also missed some games and then add to that Thorne missed most of the season plus Hendrick was missing at key times.

    I think once he gets what he wants this window and next we’ll see if he can get us playing good football but more importantly results with it.

    The key to that Derby side and the current one, was a quality target man, with two pacey wingers who could swap sides, then a midfield trio who had one DM and the other two provide the support.

  • 118 Bobbybee // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Springy, when i was watching the academy and U21’s play regularly, Mbabu was predominantly a right back and took the eye from an early age. Sadly he suffered a nasty injury and went missing for a long time – so much so I thought he’d left us! He is extremely versatile though and can play anywhere along the back line comfortably – as he’s shown at left back.

  • 119 hatem786 // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:11 PM

  • 120 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    just with a lot of people understandably shouting for a cb i wonder if giving this lad the chance,like tonight if colo’s out give him ago….granted we are struggling for a lb/lwb but he looks like he has talent and the ability to be a great cb…..and the fact his contract is up at the end of the season worries me that we could be losing out on major talent.

  • 121 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Only West Brom have created less scoring opportunities this season than us so the arrival of Shelvey should allow us to create more for our forwards who have been starved of service

    We need to sort the left hand side out if we play Shelvey though which would mean putting a left winger or Mbabu at full back because he likes to spread the play with passes and it cant be done if we are only attacking down the right hand side !!

  • 122 beefman13 // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    If Shelvey does get to SJP, i feel it will be a good signing as he will feel like the man in our midfield, bit of a character as well, also a handful by all accounts but a bit of bite in the middle coupled with creativity will do us no harm, so lets hope eh!

  • 123 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Are Liverpool and Swansea crazy? They’ve been in the best place to judge. They see him every day. We’ve seen how good he has been. We’ve seen how good Townsend has been. Their clubs know them inside out but have given up on them.

  • 124 geordie157 // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    with shelvey’s passing it might be time to give thauvin a start, as both can create chances for Mitrovic.

    anyone know who’s in the squad for tonight? know Tiote is suspended

  • 125 lesh // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Does Blackley ever agree with anyone? Whenever he/ she posts there are arguments.

    Just an observation, no more no less

  • 126 ronaldo aarons // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Crystal palace looking at selling Dwight gayle. Think he woukd be a good signing if I’m honest. Quick, can finish and works hard. Him and shelvey could work pretty well together. Not my ideal choice but there aren’t many options for the striker we are looking for and are available.

  • 127 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Mbabu looks a top prospect IMO. He should be getting some game time. We should be tying him down.

  • 128 Bobbybee // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Springy, the last U21 match I was able to attend, the cb was taken off and Mbabu took his place seemlessly, as if he’d played there all his life. He picked up a knock v Watford and might not be fit though. Wherever he plays he’s comfortable on the ball, but i suspect he’d play Lascelles

  • 129 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    @Ronald Aarons

    Yeah I was thinking about that as well but again why would Pardew be looking to sell him if he was any good considering none of his strikes have scored from open play this season?

  • 130 hibbitt // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    blackley and brownlie cant agree with each other never mind us

  • 131 lesh // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM


    Relegation threatened clubs keep their best players? Just like we did with Santon last January?

  • 132 Bobbybee // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    B&B, agree mate. He needs a good contract sorting out asap. Can’t see Macca wanting to let him go like.

  • 133 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    So how will our midfield look tonight ? Tiote suspended , Anita out and Colback doubtful

    Guessing Gouffran will be chucked in thank god we are signing 2 midfielders this week !!!

  • 134 lesh // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:28 PM


    You sure about relegation-threatened clubs keeping their best players?

    Maybe you should think about asking Dipsy (Charnley) why he sold Santon this time last year.

  • 135 ronaldo aarons // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Lee at 129
    Maybe because Pardew is known for liking his strikers to be big and strong which gayle is not. I mean it’s not like Pardew has never let go of good players in the past.

  • 136 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    I agree with Chris Mort and Venay Bedi on the state of affairs at NUFC under Shepherd.

    I posted about Shelvey and Spoof then posted an article from a Swansea perspective which more or less mirrored what I was saying.

    Sorry if I’m not getting swept along on the usual tsunami of optimism every time we make s signing, any signing. I was unpopular on here when I said early doors that Mitro and Perez wouldn’t get enough goals. Yeah, I was disagreeing with most people then. Sorry to be different. Is there some particular post of mine that you have in mind?

  • 137 lesh // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    As one of a few pessimists who forecast no signings this window, I have to put my hand up and say *embarrassed* that I was wrong, way off beam.

  • 138 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    @Ronaldo Aarons

    I would take him for 5 million would be good squad depth but hes not prolific either we need Remy quality

  • 139 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Brownlie never speaks. She carries Old Blackley’s bags, drives the motor and acts as a general handy person around the estate.

  • 140 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:33 PM


    AC: 2 goals in 19 when not injured!

  • 141 lesh // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:33 PM


    I can’t argue with you on your Mort etc point.


  • 142 ronaldo aarons // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Remy doesn’t seem to be available, if he is go for him on loan like I’ve mentioned before. Chelsea only have Costa, remy and falcao. Don’t see why they would let him leave either if they don’t sign a striker.

  • 143 pawl250 // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Townsend is awful, whoever says he is a “good player” needs to just look at his stats.

    He rarely assists and he rarely scores. He is lazy also!

    I bet Spurs cannot wait to see the back of him. On loan, why not take the chance. Buying though is a no go for me.

    We need a striker like Remy.

    Also my team would be (for West Ham)

    ———————- Elliot
    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Dummett
    ————– Shelvey – Anita
    Sisssoko ——- Wijnaldum —— Thauvin
    ———————- Mitrovic

    Darlow, Lascelles, Tiote, Saviet, Colback, De Jong, Perez

    Thauvin/Mitrovic need to play together. Thauvin is best crosser of the ball. Anita deserves to retain his place and quite frankly we are not sure how Saviet will perform so a subs appearance for me.

  • 144 Bobbybee // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    B&B, take a look at that link i reposted re Saivet. He has something like 80 odd% successful passes, with 91% of those FORWARD passes. It also says he has no discernible weaknesses! Well worth a look anyway.

  • 145 hibbitt // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    wish chris mort was still here way more faith in him then charnley

  • 146 sweendog // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    heard shelvey and the chairman feel out over Monk’s sacking, just a rumour but this may explain why we got him.

  • 147 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    im expecting lascelles to play tonight if colo out tbh…was just a hope that if given the chance we could unearth a gem of a player and solve our cb search……a lot of people talking about the likes of koulibaly,matip and not so much n’koulou but..
    1)what realistic chance do we have of getting these plsyers?
    2)how much are they ganna cost?
    3)are they any good..good name but can they do it in the premier?
    4)how long would they stop…stepping stone theory?
    just my opinion/thoughts like….i have mentioned signing lamine kone as i dont believe the are many cb’s out there who would be willing to sign right now and believe he will, he looks a decent and at 5m would be good cover….hardly a loss if he’s not

  • 148 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    I was saying in September that the cart had not been bolted to the horse. We were headed for trouble. I wasn’t alone at the time, although it was out of kilter with the blog majority who were falling over themselves with excitement, swapping their new team selections and comparing formations.

  • 149 Bobbybee // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Sweendog, nail on head marra. Would Shelvey be on the bench if Monk was still there? Not a chance. Sometimes players and a new gaffer just clash and it doesn’t work for many reasons. We know how destructive Shelvey can be because he’s destroyed us enough times. It’s also understandable Swansea fans will turn on him for leaving – happens at all clubs. He’s clearly out to prove a point now and that has to be to our advantage. He and Saivet will boss the midfield and turn defence into attack rapidly. Two belting signings imo.

  • 150 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Not convinced about Shelvey If it’s £12m +it’s far too much but he is English. Will only fund Swansea’s search for a striker & make our task that more difficult.Tiote has played his last gane – he’s off to China bringing net spend this window down to £9M Got to be more wastrels out of the door.
    So far not solving underlying problem Need free scoring forward, left back who can tackle & cross, onloan recognised goalkeeper in case Elliott gets injured & CB to replace Colo. These are absolute minimum as can’t see us doing anything other than getting leathered tonight with the injuries & suspensions still mounting up
    Certainly don’t want /need Townsend he can’t even get in Spurs squad

  • 151 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    If we only sign Saivet and Shelvey it will put to the test the notion that the midfield is the weakest area; get that right and it will all come good we’re told.

    I still prefer a top striker, CB/RB/LB. I’m surprised we can’t fix the CB problem with Lascelles, Janmaat, Dummett, Mbabu.

    A top manager would be able to sort it out. We haven’t got one so let’s get a top CB to make it easier for Makro.

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