These Three Players Were Tops For Newcastle Yesterday

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.

jonjo shelvey in debut

Great action shot of Jonjo Shelvey yesterday

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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33 comments so far

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Positive performances by a new signing are a great thing when you’ve got a transfer policy like ours. Shelvey himself performed great and showed signs of our missing cabaye but wini himself was the MOTM,


    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #2

    U think Shelvey was McClarens pick? We were linked with him for quite awhile like

  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I got the impression that the Wijnaldum signing had McClaren’s stamp on it, the same with Shelvey. That is not to say the club was not linked with the players before, but Carr surely has a list of players as long as your arm – McClaren at minimum, will identify certain players from the scout list he would like to work with


    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    U reckon? Can’t say I’ve seen much evidence to say that’s the case

    The Colo new contract I attributed to McClaren but from what I’ve heard I was quite wide of the mark

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #5

    So Palace fans are now turning on Pardew for the same reason we did, Cabaye playing shite and now Debuchy wants to leave Arsenal lol

    You couldn’t make it up!

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6


    Pardew himself was wanting to see shelvey arrive at newcastle but during his time as manager we stuck to foreign players all the time, macca himself was very keen to see charley austin bought from QPR but it’s southampton who’ve bought him for £4million. Like said before had we not been in this relegation scrap shelvey would be sitting at swansea.

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Talk about smash and grab at Anfield

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8

    AC, dont really think thats the case, Thauvin was a certain Carr signing, cant imagine anyone else in the world of football rubber stamping that one. You can see from the fact that McClaren doesnt play him that he had no interest in him coming in the first place

  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    SUTTY1978 – Yes, it is fairly evident that McClaren is not in complete control of transfers, but that does not mean he cannot make a case for certain players. He spoke about knowing all about Wijnaldum from his time in Holland, before Wijnaldum signed. The Shelvey signing, as an individual transfer, is a shift away from the usual overseas recruitment drive.

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10


    Why not have a night out with the puppet and ask if he’ll allow you to work along side him then you’ll get the greatest idea of how bad palace a playing at the minute


    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #11

    gomis for 7m to toon reports…cant see it my self he’s 30 now


    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12

    liverpool dont look the team they once were tbh

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #13

    No doubt the Liverpool fans will be calling for Klopp to be sacked at full time and they call us fickle ha ha

  • check the toastie

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Think the last two games have shown serious progress,

    my view from Shelvey corner, that’s were I sit, was the first thirty minutes were as good a football I have seen us play for a very very long time, maybe Stoke home under Parsnip when Benny was doing a masterclass.

    the last time I seen a pass rake that distance was Gary Speed spreading play. Its weird how football means so much, but deep down you know it shouldn’t.

    No passengers yesterday, everyone is now putting in a proper shift, even the captain who played well, some people on here need to change the record.

    Sissoko wasn’t great and Saivet looked a touch lost, will need to express himself to succeed, I have my doubts but wrote Demba Ba off after his début.

    Shelvey was good and the middle three if staying fit and not banned will see us to safety.
    Winaldo different Gravy….

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Interesting Manure tactic: bore the opposition to death then grab a late goal.


    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #16

    hahaha ron

  • mindshaft

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    hard to believe we managed to sign Gini for 14 million when you see some of the rubbish manure & Liverpool have spent double that on, saying that 12 million for Thauvin looks like wasted cash at the minute

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Terrible match to watch, Springy.

  • check the toastie

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Shelvey gets the Toon an all, before the match made sure he clapped all round the ground and did the same after the game, he will be our lynchpin for many years.

    The problem comes when he’s injured or banned, I believe Wini should drop in and rearrange the front four.

    hopefully we have Berahinho or Remy by then.

  • hibbitt

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20

    i fell asleep……boring boring man united !!!!!


    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #21

    ana watched myself…. these sides are looking very poor….stoke v arse might be areet coz ya na stoke will have ago with exciting players

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #22


    That was their secret weapon!

  • JDdubai

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #23

    I know our position and how much flak McClaren has taken. But i think you can see we are playing a much improved style of football to anything offered in the last few seasons.

    The right players are being brought in piece by piece, like they said it would take 3 windows to do it but we need a CB(Mbemba), a playmaker(Shelvey), a 10(Wini), Saivet possibly the holding CM, a CF(Mitro). Obviously not all will succeed and not all right away(Thauvin) but at least it looks like the right positions are being strengthened. By August if we Get another Cb and Cf, a Lb and winger and we arent looking too shabby.

    I think the promises Ashley and Charnley made preseason are on the road to having been backed up to.

    They said we would invest in the coming 3 windows and halfway there and we have.

    They said the cups would be tried for. Ok we lost but vs Watford and Sheff Wed we put out strong teams, just the team played crap vs Wednesday and couldnt score vs Watford. But the intent to try to win was there,something that hasnt been previously.

    I just hope we pull away from the crap at the bottom now as i am really excited by what the summer will hold if we stay up. Obertan, Saylor, Willo finally out of contract, Cisse moved on hopefully, Colos replacement hopefully coming in amongst others.

    Just gotta not get relegated!!!


    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #24

    still think v gaal is for the bullet at the end of the season like

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25


    agree, it’s has been a few decades sign they last won a domestic league and recent years have declined further and further down the table. As a world class striker suaez gave them a bit of hope but when he was sold they wasted all the cash made by his sale.

    To make matters worse 4th place is usually hard to obtain now that city have the cash and spurs have been getting greater every year so 5th place is difficult to obtain.

    manure are looking like a team who might be following in the footsteps themselves.

  • hibbitt

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    there’s no doubt in my mind we have to find someone to put the ball in the net ASAP


    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #27

    toon king
    yeah manutd are looking the same……off topic…would love to see chelsea in a dog fight the bottom of the table just to see how the club,players and the fans react tbh.

  • hibbitt

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #28

    just as long as its not with us

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #29

    can’t believe how average manu and liverpool are.

    not sure outside of de gea who’d i really want from either team

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30


    An owner sticking to preseason promises and aiming to head upwards into champions league battles or win a trophy would not be appointing a manager who failed to see derby promoted.

    We’ve see already that sitting in a relegation fight will make ashley spend more than planned as seen in that europa league season.

    If we have a summer transfer window spending a simular amount as the last one and bringing players from more than just the french league then I might change my view but for now it’s nothing more than buying with intent to sell and january panic buying.

  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #31


    Maybe McClaren’s been the one to drive the Shelvey move through. Maybe Ashley’s begun to think that Carr’s recommendations are just that, taking McClaren’s views into serious consideration?

  • Mitrogoal

    Jan 17, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Could Shelvey be the key to bring back the old Papiss Cisse? The one that scored goals (if anyone remember him).

  • zimtoon

    Jan 18, 2016 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #33

    i believe with good service cisse can bang them in. sky reporting deubuchy considering move to aston villa bet he is regretting leaving newcastle


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