Jonjo Shelvey was the difference for Newcastle in this came as he provided the creative spark that has been missing from Newcastle’s play ever since we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M and din;t both to replace them until earlier this week when we brought in Shelvey from Swansea for what looks like a bargain price £12M.
And Jonjo in the first half made Newcastle look like a side challenging at the top of the league rather than fighting for survival at the bottom.
Jonjo Shelvey – after the game today
Met by a thankful Steve McClaren
But our usual problems in games were still there to see – we do not have the killer instinct and missed a number of chances in both halves and we could have wrapped the game up by half time.
And then we gifted West Ham their goal after only 5 minutes of the second half and then we had to fight to hand on to all 3 points.
Jonjo was majestic in that first half and he looks like a steal at just 12M and he had this to say to BC’s Final Score program after his impressive first game for the Magpies:
“I’m very shocked that this team is in and around it considering the players that are in that dressing room.” “It’s a pleasure to play with them. They know where your passes are going to be and things like that.”
“So it’s not been hard.” “Normally it’s hard coming into a new team and slotting in straight away, but I feel straight at home and I think that’s a credit to the players and the staff that they’ve got here.”
This display today will do his chances of making the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in June no harm at all.