Jonjo Shelvey was our Man of the Match yesterday (48%) and he put in a terrific performance in his debut for Newcastle and is already a popular player in what was a magic week for him last week.
Second in the voting was Gini Wijnaldum (41%) who had another excellent performance for us in his preferred number 10 position.
Those two midfield players yesterday transformed the Newcastle side.
Great action shot of Jonjo Shelvey yesterday
- Jonjo Shelvey (48%) – It’s hard to think how Jonjo Shelvey could have done much better in his first game for Newcastle United and he is our Man of the Match.
In the first 15 minutes with the new arrival starring, we were already 2-0 up and Jonjo had played some great football.
Newcastle fans had been told by Shelvey that he wanted to join Newcastle because he considers the Magpies to be a massive club in England and he genuinely seemed delighted to be a Newcastle player.
Jonjo’s presence gave Newcastle what we had been lacking since Yohan Cabaye left us two years ago – a midfield creative general.
The stage is now set for Jonjo to become a huge star on Tyneside and if he plays as well as he did yesterday through the end of the season (Steve McClaren says he will get better) – then two things will happen.
First – we will not be relegated and second – Jonjo should make the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in France in June.
Jonjo has managed to cheer up the fans with his very first game for Newcastle.
- Georginio Wijnaldum (41%) – the presence of both Jonjo Wijnaldum and Jonjo Shelvey in the center of the park yesterday made Newcastle look a much better and more threatening side than we have looked all season.
Simply put – Georginio had another great game for us and scored his 9th goal of the season – with all those goals coming at home.
He is thriving in his preferred number 10 role and we expect Jonjo and Georginio to be two massive players for us this season and in future seasons – hopefully.
The Dutchman is like poetry in motion when he runs with the ball and he was a little unlucky not to score more than one yesterday.
I watched the game yesterday with one of my sons – Neil – and he mentioned Gini is now worth a ton of money – maybe even as mush as £40M – but we must keep him – and continue to build a top side at Newcastle.
Forget about concentrating on making money, because we get enough from the Premier League rights deal – and we simply must keep improving the side as the number one priority.
That will be necessary to stay in the Premier League at the very least.
Wijnaldum is looking like a terrific acquisition for us from PSV.
- Fabricio Coloccini (4%) – this player has taken enough criticism from fans and pundits alike for his play early in the season but he put in another captain’s performance for Newcastle yesterday.
The captain made some great blocks and terrific clearances in the Newcastle defense yesterday and he is now looking like the player Steve McClaren talked about then he revealed he had offered Colo a year’s extension on his contract and that he would remain the Newcastle captain.
You can see the way Colo plays that he seems determined to help Newcastle fight their way to safety this season and there have been recent signs the team we are building could become a very good side in the future – maybe even before the end of this season.
Colo was great for us yesterday with just 4% of the vote, because the two midfielders above captured a massive 89% of the vote between them.