The Welcome I’ve Had Is Magnificent

New signing Jonjo Shelvey hadn´t played a full game for a long time, so it was natural that he seemed to tire a bit in the second half in his debut for Newcastle on Saturday against West Ham.

Jonjo was like dynamite in those first 20 minutes of his Newcastle career as he set up the two goals for Ayoze Perez and Gini Wijnaldum – and it´s not too often we have been two goals up in the last year.

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Success for Jonjo Shelvey in his debut on Saturday

In fact that was only our fifth win of the season and our sixth win in the league since last April – so wins have been few and far between and we must get more of them on the board if we are to survive this season in the Premier League.

Jonjo was training in the gym on Sunday in an effort to increase his fitness ready for the tough next game at Watford on Saturday.

This is some of what Jonjo said after the game on Saturday:

“It’s always hard when you move clubs and you’re trying to settle in straight away. It usually takes you a few weeks to get to know people’s runs and their passes — but it was quite easy.”

“But it’s an easy place to play, the fans are right behind you.”  “The welcome I’ve had is magnificent.”

“I’ve been doing extra sessions here and I’ll only get fitter and stronger.”  “I can’t wait to get back out there against Watford.”

With another week´s training together and with our other new signing Henri Saivet likely to start in defensive midfield on Saturday because of Paul Dummett´s hamstring injury – we could get a second win on the trot.

It´s likely that Jack Colback will slot in at left back after a good second half display there after Paul left the field injured.

Did I say we needed a second win on the trot on Saturday?


Howay The Lads!!