Shearer – The Jury Is Out On Newcastle’s New Signing

Alan Shearer has talked about Newcastle’s new signing Jonjo Shelvey and he first of all thinks he’s a good player but the English international midfielder may have an attitude problem.

The former England great – who scored a record 206 goals for the Magpies in 405 appearances over ten years has been talking to BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Alan Shearer – questions Shelvey’s attitude

This is what Alan Shearer said on BBC Radio 5  Live:

“The first thing I would say about Jonjo, is he has ability,” “We’ve seen that in the past; he’s an England international.

“The one thing I would question: Swansea are in a desperate position in the Premier League as are Newcastle. Why would Swansea let an England international go to one of their relegation rivals? That is the big question I would ask.”

“You would have to say, there has to be something wrong with his attitude. If Steve McClaren can get the best out of him – many managers have tried and failed to do that – if McClaren can change all that, and it’s always an if, then he will be a good buy but I think the jury has to remain out on him.”

“At his age, surely the penny has to drop.” “You’ve had a chance at one of the biggest clubs in the world and it hasn’t worked out for you – we all keep saying he’s an England international, which he is. We all keep saying he’s got ability, which he has, but eventually for him, the penny has to drop.”

“You get a chance in football and you have to take it. He’s had two or three – he has to understand that he will not get a bigger opportunity than he has now at Newcastle.”

Jonjo has been brought into the team to give us some creativity and we’ll need that.

Sunderland won their second league game in a row tonight at Swansea and we have now moved into second bottom place with Sunderland above us on goal difference – although Newcastle are just 1 point behind Swansea who were surprisingly beaten 4-2 at home by the Black Cats.

We will need to start winning games very soon if we are to move away from the relegation zone anytime soon.

In the last round of games both Sunderland and Aston Villa – the two teams that were below us in the league – gained two points on us.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Harley

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Shearer could well be the most negative person in the world. Not just this article but in general. What a morale vacuum!!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Very true

  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe Alan should be given a pastoral role at the club , not quite Father Alan but something along those lines

  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Shearer does have a point why have Swansea sold him to one of their relegation rivals – let’s hope he doesn’t have a dodgy knee 🙂

  • Our Toon

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #5


    He has a point, it’s great to get a signing but let’s not forget the troubles the lad Shelvey has had. Bench warming for a side that’s fighting relegation and offering fans on for fight. He has alot of growing up to do.

    I hope he’ll be a success but some of the reactions to him signing are a bit OTT. You’d think we signed Xaxi

  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #6

    The Refs club must have been involved with most of tonight’s games to balance out the fact that Dean couldn’t engineer the win for Manure.
    Dodgy red and two offside goals to earn the Mackems some points and push Swansea down , strange

  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m thinking of starting a sweepstake as to how many minutes into his first game Shelvey will be slagged off as a waste of money by the usual suspects 😉

  • Belfast

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #8

    To be honest I was wondering the exact same thing. I dismissed the link as nonsense at the start. I never thought they would sell him to us. I’m glad they did though. 🙂

  • wingspan

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #9

    8 mil for an ageing Tiote who lets face it is most of the time injured, suspended or a being a liability by chopping people down or dallying on the ball outside our 18yd box is amazing business.

    We should absolutely snap their hands off and lets be honest he has wanted away for a while, not to further his football career but to maximise the lining of his pockets.

    If a player is willing to go to china to play his football at a reasonably young age he has lost his ambition and i would be happy for him to be sold.

    Colback, Anita, Saivet and i reckon Mbabu could even play there. We are well covered. Cash in Lee!

    I reckon sat our midfield 3 will be Colback Shelvey and Gini. I can’t comment on Saivet because i never seen him play, I imagine shutoff hasn’t seen too much either….

    Il be very surprised if he starts Sat.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Second bottom now. Just about scraping the bottom of the barrel. Judge us after 10 games, or was it 12…tell you what Steve, we’ll give you 21. The verdict? You have failed miserably. Sod off.

  • wingspan

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Ive a feeling Shelvey thought he was a bit too big time for swansea.

    He won’t think that here, i think he will come good. And i think we will have improved our midfield significantly.

    Shutoff = Shteve in my last post haha

  • Ravostag

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Surely its up to Shteve to sort out Shelvey’s attitude (if he has one) just like Pardew sorted out Ben Arfa (ha ha) The bloke hasn’t even laced up his boots yet and the negativity has started

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #13


    Sissoko and Perez dropping back into 442 or 451. I’m hopeful the passing games of saivet and shelvey will give even more opportunities to the front 4.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Shelvey doesn’t have an attitude problem.

    He was furious at the sacking of Garry Monk made his feelings known and had a major falling out with Swansea owner Huw Jenkins.

    The press in early December reminded me of the line in Hamlet -“The lady doth protest too much, methinks” – for lady read HJ.

    Alan Curtis when asked about Shelvey did a nice assassination job on Jonjo saying he wasn’t good enough to get in the side.

    Then they get twatted 2 – 4 at home off of the Scum ha ha ha .

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s not worth saying anything until we see Shelvey play a few games for us. I want to see how Steve slots him in and how he affects the play. I think it’s a good signing but he has to prove himself now.

  • Blofal

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Do we really think McClaren is going to start both Shelvey and Saivet?

    Eventually I think they will be our centre mid pairing however I think Colback and Shelvey will start via West Ham with Saivet coming on in the second half to get used to speed of the league.

    The idea I think in the long term is to have Saivet as the holding mid, Shelvey as a slightly more advanced centre mid and Wijnaldum playing in the hole behind the striker.

  • AK Malaysia

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #17

    After Ivan Toney came on late vs Man Utd… the team really in need of another striker… dont care who he is… Remy, Gray, Bost… just bring us a striker!!!

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #18


    Swansea sold Shelvey because he wanted away and we offered £12m for him.

    Reverse the situation Charnley would’ve sold him too – regardless of whether he wanted away or not.

    A fundamental difference in the two clubs?

  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Lesh – I get that but it’s unusual to sell to one of your close rivals.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #20


    Exactly mate. Just because a player leaves does not mean he is not good. Just not right fit for the club.

    I mean, look at Chelsea who sold Mata, their player for the season for past 2 seasons, to a ‘rival.’ Why? Because he didn’t fit into JM plans & Manure offered 37mil. Same with us & Shelvey.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #21


    It’s not unusual mate.

    Mata to Man Utd.
    Cech to Arsenal.
    Ashley Cole to Chelsea.
    Gallas to Arsenal.
    Sol Campbell to Arsenal.
    Ferdinand to Leeds
    Andy Cole to Man Utd.

  • Goofy

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #22






    Subs Goalie, saivet, thauvin, haidara(when fit) aarons, de jong, anita

    A pretty strong team all round, if saivet turns out good we can drop colback not that he’s the worst player but can’t see us moving forward with him in the team.

    Hopefully we will sign a pacey striker and a beast of a defender.

    Sunderland winning tonight puts more pressure on us to win on saturday (not that we’re not under pressure enough)
    As much as i hate sunderland i’d like them to stay up with us next season so we can get some revenge after the last 5 defeats

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Carlos Tevez to Man City
    Van Persie to Man Utd

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Players join rival clubs all the time. Does not mean they are shite or the club doesn’t think highly of them.

    Darren Bent is another one. Sunderland were 6th or 7th in the league if I recall & Bent was on fire. Villa were 16th I think. Sold for 24million pounds.

  • benjohnsen

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #25

    We have Mitrovic, we had Barton. I do not see much harm in Shelvey.

  • Goofy

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #26

    We let some of our good players go to the top 4

    Enrique to Liverpool
    Debuchy to Arsenal

    I can see Sissoko, Wini and Perez signing for 1 of the top 4 soon. I obviously don’t want them to leave but wouldn’t blame them.


    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #27

    soccer sauce reckon theres some interesting news for nufc fans….need to sort a few things so cant say what at the min….been spot on with the transfers so far

  • Toonacious T

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Imo only Wini is good enough for top 4 to be interested at the minute anyway and I wouldn’t be surprised if bids come in for him as early as this summer.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #29

    I think shearer is just trying to motivate shelvey into making the most of this opportunity. It just comes across as negativity but I don’t think that’s the intention.

    Shelvey has been saying he’s being given the chance to be further forward. I agree with jib and blofal saivet is the new holding midfielder and shelvey is likely to be our new cabaye pulling the strings further forward and getting goals too.

    I think shelvey will start with saivet on the bench on Saturday but colback will have to right on his game to last the full 90 minutes without saivet making an appearance.

    I’m looking forward to seeing them both giving chances to our forwards.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 14, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Shearer is stating the obvious. I said the exact same yesterday. Very good player when he turns up. Questionable attitude. Why hasn’t he been a success at his last two clubs? It’s a gamble.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Jib Jibberish – the blog pest. You earlier posted ,contrary to what Shearer said, that Shelvey did not have an attitude problem.
    You describe Swansea doing a job on him.
    I’ve pointed out to you the dangers of Google to you previously without having a basic knowledge of the subject you are talking about.
    You seem to want to goad people into aggro.

    If you have done such an in depth critique of Swansea and Shelvey why did you not include any warnings by Gary Monk to him about 2 years ago concerning his bad attitude.

    So I’m afraid you are wrong again.
    Nothing wrong with informing fellow posters good info – but feeding them erroneous shyte really should not happen.
    Marks out of ten ——————–zero.

  • Blofal

    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #32

    Springy it’s probably Andros Townsend. But I will be ecstatic if we are going all out for Lacazette.

    Lacazette is a striker of the Remy/Aubameyang mould. Both those players we wound’t fork out enough money for early and we lost out. If we get Lacazette it would signal a massive change in policy. It would help a lot if we weren’t in the relegation zone though.

  • lukes26

    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #33

    Supposedly a lot of clubs are spending on transfers now instead of waiting for summer, because the EPL TV deal money comes in the summer and its best to do business now before prices become inflated

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Shearer is a pundit now and is stating his opinion and letting Shelvey know how it is.
    An ageing Tiote going to China at a relatively young age, which one is it ?

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #35

    Microvic is great at bringing down the long ball, particularly with his chest. He’s also excellent in the air. Both powerful and deft, and he also has very good movement, so I expect there is a good deal more to come from him, but one thing that won’t change is his pace, or lack of it. He is a lump I’m afraid.

    Also DeJong has looked dead in the water since he missed that sitter. Has he fallen out with McC, it would appear so if Ivan Toney is being preferred to him when we are are a goal down with a handful of minutes to play.

  • beefman13

    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #36

    I think Mclaren will start with the same 11 as he did v Man Utd thats if Tiotes not gone, but if we are planning to sell him, why not stick Shelvey straight in, in fact i would play both Saivet and Shelvey, let them hit the ground running, nothing wrong with Colbacks workrate but most of his yellows are for tripping as he gets caught out with lack of pace.

    Give Perez another chance he had a stinker the other night i think he deserves one.


    Dont think that will happen on Saturday but we desperately need a change of tune in the central midfield, Colback is decent cover as is Tiote at least till he goes.

  • davis_toons

    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #37

    there’s no smoke without fire…

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Bring on Lacazzette. He is a gem.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #39

    Lacazette and Townsend = 36m

    Darlow, Dummett, Colback, Thauvin, Aarons, Perez, Mitrovic.

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jan 14, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #40

    I’ve always quite liked Shelvey, though we’ve probably overpaid a bit if it’s ~12m.
    His passing is aggressive in a way we don’t really have at the moment. Tiote, Anita, Colback etc. don’t exactly play killer balls a lot.

    Saivet, however, is seriously underwhelming. Every time I’ve seen him for Bordeaux he’s looked totally mediocre.. I knew his name from Football manager but every time I saw his side in europa league he was really disappointing. Total fill the gap signing just like so many that Newcastle do.

    Gouffran, Luuk de Jong, Colback, Cacapa, Obertan, Amalfitano, Gosling (Though he’s playing much better at Bournemouth now), Xisco, Guthrie, Williamson etc.
    They were never ambition signings to improve anything, they were just cheap “that’ll do” signings to chug on in mediocrity.

    Shakiri to Stoke really annoys me, that’s the sort of ambitious signing we should be going for. I find it incredible that Stoke got him.


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