It turns out that Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is a close pal of new arrival Jonjo Shelvey, from their time together at Charlton Athletic when they were both at the club from 2004 to 2010 – when Shelvey left to join Liverpool and Rob joined Newcastle one year later.
Rob is now making a name for himself deputizing for the injured Tim Krul and he has been a standout for Newcastle so far this season, with some excellent displays and he´s also become one of the leaders of the team both on and off the field.
Jonjo Shelvey – an absolute steal at £12M?
Rob says Jonjo was very keen to sign on at the Magpies and it didn´t take much persuasion from him to have Jonjo want to come to Newcastle:
This is what Rob has said in the Chronicle today:
“I told him what it was like here, but he wanted to come here anyway because he wanted to come to the biggest club.”
“I think that says it all, who we are as well. The fans are going to love seeing him play.”
“I can’t believe we signed him for the money we have paid. He could prove to be an absolute steal and he could be a legend here.”
“He is just 23-years-old and has his best years in front of him.” “So that shows what he thinks of Newcastle as a club and what he thinks of the stadium. He said to me he thought Newcastle was a big club.”
“No matter what the outside world thinks of Newcastle you should come here and see the passion of 50,000.”
“He watched his first game from the stands against Man United. Why wouldn’t you want to play for Newcastle?”
“So hopefully, it will be great for everybody moving forward.”
“We have Jonjo coming into to add quality to midfield. We can only expect good things. He’s class.”
“To put it into perspective he came into our team at 16-years-old at Charlton, and you’d have thought he was 28. I am so excited he’s signed. He’s not only a great lad but he’s a winner.”
“OK, he might go over the top a little bit but that’s what the fans love. He just wants to play. He had a lot of options to go to clubs.”
“He has a pure desire to play football and doesn’t care about anything else. So he will fit in really well up here, the fans will love him.”
“The only thing I’d say is that he’s still 23 so it could be a bit of patience with him.” “All players need time. Hopefully, he settles in straight away. He’s a top man.”
OK, so Rob thinks Jonjo is a special talent but the Newcastle goalkeeper can also help the player settle quickly at the club.
Shelvey has an immediate chance to form a bond with Newcastle fans, because if he can come in and play well for us through the rest of the season and help save us from relegation – that would immediately put him in very good stead with the fans.
We are now second bottom of the league after Sunderland beat Swansea City 4-2 last night, so we have to start picking up some wins soon.
Jonjo hopefully can help us do that.