This Player Already Making A Difference On Tyneside


Jonjo Shelvey has played four games for Newcastle so far, and the two games he´s played at home against West Ham and West Brom have both been good wins and Jonjo has easily been our Man of the Match

So he´s already had an impact on the side and remember we only have six league wins so far this season – so Jonjo has been at the club for less than a month and he´s played in two Newcastle wins.

Now we need to get both Jonjo and Newcastle playing well away from home.

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Jonjo Shelvey in action for Newcastle

Former Swansea manager Garry Monk seems to think Jonjo will do very well on Tyneside because he needs motivation to play well.

This is what Garry has told Sky Sports.

“I’m sure going to a club like Newcastle in front of that many fans and that type of club will suit him.”

“A lot to do with Jonjo is motivation. He needs to be performing every single week and feel important as a player. Newcastle will probably give him that.”

“It will be interesting to see. I’m sure he will go there and do well.”

That requirement of Shelvey´s to play well – will be satisfied at Newcastle because he may be our most important player in the run-in this season – and he is obviously a starter.

Jonjo will also be quickly idolized by the Geordie fans if he keeps playing like he did on Saturday.

The England International put in a magnificent display and we played West Brom off the park, but it was still only 1-0.

It´s true Jonjo didn´t play well at Everton but he came back – like the other Newcastle players – to put in maybe our best performance of the season on Saturday in what was a must-win game.

Newcastle could have won 5-0 if we had taken more of the many chances we created.

Jonjo could grow on Tyneside into a terrific player, but first of all we have to make sure we stay in the Premier League this season.

That´s the only thing that matters right now.

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128 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    When he plays well he’s good. When he is having an off day he can skew the simplest pass better than any three year old.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    http://www.physioroom.com

    I and Janmaat has a hip/thigh injury – reckon will make Chelsea game??

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  • Spoof

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed I was on about home tactics and away tactics on the previous thread, repost what I said,

    when we press teams we look a decent outfit and of late we have deservedly won against West Ham and West Brom because we took the game to them and pressed them, so why when we are away from home do we refuse to press and try to counter-attack, it obviously doesn’t work so why does SM continue with it, look at Wijnaldum, great player when we are pressing and has scored 9 goals at home, away from home he may as well not be on the pitch and thats not due to him being a poor player its due to SM and his inability to change a tactic which is destroying us away from home.

    7 points away from home all season, 1 against Man U which was due to an inability from there behalf to manage to score, the luckiest win that we will ever get when Bournemouth outplayed us and Spurs should have been out of site in the first half, however against Spurs in the second half for the only time this season we went for them and pressed them and imho we actually deserved that win, but we played that second half as if it was a home match, why can SM not see that his tactics don’t work, sorry m8 but he is a dreadful manager and for me he is solely responsible for us being in the position that we are in, look at Shelvey and his passing range, at home he looks a world beater because we are pressing and he has targets who he can pass to, away from home he is dreadful, but then he has no targets because SM has what would be his targets playing far too deep, dreadful manager, absolutely dreadful.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Spoof, you have inadvertently answered my question which baffled everyone into silence yesterday.

    The blog is yours today mate. Use it wisely

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Mcclazza needs to sort our away set-up out sooner rather than later. We need to at least pick up a few away draws as well as winning every home game. Easily doable eh

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  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Shelvey is a very good player for us, he’s made a difference in two games.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Spoof
    I agree with most, if not all, of that.

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  • Spoof

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon Tang

    hopefully due to Taylor and Tiote both being back SM will abandon this counter-attack system which is sadly failing and he will with those two additions try to bully a bit more away from home so we can give Shelvey one or two targets and allow Wijnaldum to get into the box where he is so dangerous, you have to feel for Mitrovic as well, when we are away how often does he receive the ball when he is facing their keeper, he must be sick to death of seeing Rob Elliot’s face whenever he gets the ball, that’s no good to him or any of our players, we may have loads of pace in the side but that doesn’t assure you of being a good counter-attacking side, I just hope SM changes this before it’s too late.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Spoof, Toon tang. I posted this on the match day thread

    Tsunki // Feb 6, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    I know West Bromwich are no Everton ha ha but what’s with the home versus away approach? 78% possession?

    Not claiming originality btw but I think that the lot of people are getting a bit fed up with the notion there is a place for uber-defensive strategy away from home, especially since we need all the points we can get. Many are commenting on players like Wijnaldum being a different animal when he’s not playing at sjp. SM has a couple of major annoyances going, this and his subs which make Pardew oops sorry er.. look like a tactical giant.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Old Blackas is taking in Huddersfield Reserves v Charlton. The terriers won 15 in a row until a recent draw and loss.

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Team for Chelsea game..
    Elliot
    Janmaat Taylor Colo Colback
    Tiote Shevelvey
    Sissoko Townsend
    Wijnaldum
    Mitrovic

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  • Spoof

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki

    I agree m8, and speaking of Pardew I feel that SM is using our away tactics due to Pardew last season, if you think back last season initially we tried the passing game due to Cabella and De Jong even though he was out injured but Pardew realised that he didn’t have the squad for the passing game so he went with 4 midfielders sitting in front of the back 4 to protect the defence and hit teams on the break, it did work for Pardew as we did when breaking break in numbers, I may get shot for this but it was Sam Ameobi and Obertan who allowed that tactic to work, but we are now a different side with different players and that tactic is no longer working for us, initially I agreed with SM when he was using this tactic away from home but how many times do you have to fail before you say hang on, time for a rethink.

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  • hate

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I would swap Sissoko to Townsend on the right side and start Aarons on the left. Sissoko himself missed 3 easy chances.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Having said that, shelvey bedding in and Townsend getting up to match speed may already be forcing SM’s hand as to our game approach, I’ve been saying for donkeys our mid does not take heat off the defence and serves nothing up front. Hopefully we can wave goodbye to all this ‘soaking up the pressure’ (aka ‘inviting unrelenting pressure’) nonsense away from home in the future. We can’t afford it any more.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Spoof no you are right on obertan and Sammy whatever is said about those two they both could cover ground quickly and we were at times able to burst forward which if not absolutely terrorising defences certainly rattled them into hanging back a bit more.

    Now we’ve got some range in passing with Shelvey, and some wing trickery from Townsend who when up to speed can be switched on the wings at will, and a rejuvenated and seemingly more controlled Tiote covering the back four my hope is it will finally extinguish the mockery of the Colback/Anita siamese twin approach to cd which was a debacle, frankly.

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    when you think of chances made and goals scored it could of been so different even saturdays game we should have won by a much bigger margin

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope shelvey proves his critics wrong, just hope he passes those long balls away from, his passing again at home was a joy to watch especially his 70 yard pass to townsend, hope he proves his critics wrong as well both got talent and it showed against west brom.

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  • Toonfan8

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #19

    where did this Sturridge rumours come from?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Depending on what happens to doumbia, cisse and rivière, we don’t need many players in the summer, concentrate more on the back than anywhere else, certainly don’t need any more midfielders.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Toonfan8

    It started in the papers yesterday morning.

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  • Toonfan8

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #22

    I wanted him here, when he transferred to Liverpool, but I don´t know now, only question with him is his injury record, and to spend 30M on player, who won´t play half of matches isn´t smartest option. But we definetely need this type Sturridge/Berahino….

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  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #23

    14Tsunki

    Defensive play has it’s place.

    I remember Carver getting stick for parking the bus for the last 10 mins against Palace but when you look at the game it was the only way to ensure we got a point.

    However, You should always test the waters in a game.

    If you go in defensively from the start you’ll do what WBA did at the weekend. You should only park the bus if you can see from the flow of the game that you are struggling.

    This home and away thing is all in the players heads anyway.It shouldnt really matter where they are playing. It’s still the same team.

    That said, despite the domination, result and chances against WBA. We were still not as aggressive as we shouldve been.

    Townsend and Sissoko were still about 10 yards too deep.

    We shouldve seen in the first half that WBA had no intention of coming at us and been 3-0 up at half time.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #24

    I read Sturridge is on 150k a week or something like that so I think it’s safe to say that story is bollox.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Sturridge? What a joke. Better then welsh’s aswell.

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  • robertsleftfoot

    Feb 8, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #26

    This is a little full on is it not?????

    He has had two good games at home, he has two absolute shockers away from home so we cant be pinning our hopes on someone who may not fancy it on a cold afternoon away to stoke one week!!!!!

    He can pass a ball granted, fantastically well but at the same time he is a ticking bomb and sometimes fancies an afternoon with his feet up. If he was that good he would still be at Liverpool and he wasnt even getting a game at Swansea when we dropped £12 mill into their laps

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I see someone is spamming the forum again!

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  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Let’s all not get carried away with our squad members, team or how one particular player plays.
    Every one is capable of some of the worst play I’ve ever seen to some very good stuff we’re so inconsistent and unpredictable it’s unbelievable, l don’t think that the players even know whether they’re premier league quality or not tbh.
    It’s quite sad when our main goal is to stay up and that would be classed as a very successful season.
    We are in a major relegation battle with a squad of players with NO prolific goalscorer that’s why we’re in the bottom three.
    Let’s hope Doumbia gets us goals or chances are we’ll still go down.

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  • Spoof

    Feb 8, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki

    I think we have been reading the same hymn sheet here as I totally agree, not sure about Townsend, I would prefer Aarons but in terms of what they could bring I believe it is the same thing but I feel Aarons could do it better, but thats personal choice in respect of how we approach the game its exactly the same, as you rightly say Colback and Anita are a dreadful pairing, they don’t protect the defence enough and in terms of creativity, well non existent is probably flattering, Colback as cover for Tiote I could handle, but Anita for me isn’t even championship standard.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #30

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 8, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Skunki the artful spammer.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #31

    I would start the same team that started against West Brom.

    Reason Aarons before Colback
    Simply… might not have the defensive nous but makes up for it in pace.

    Take Saturday first half they tried to get past him twice or thrice on the outside and inside was able to use his pace to shepherd the ball out or once he out muscled I think it was Gardner.

    Does anyone think like me the reason Tiote played a lot better is that we had a creative midfielder in Shelvey who he could give the ball to a bit like when Cabaye was hear

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  • Rhys Boyd

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #32

    When are we gonna see Doumbia play?

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  • Rhys Boyd

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Charlie I agree, Tiote played brilliant with having Shelvey there.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Once his arthritis clears up mate. 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #35

    I see Sammy got mentioned earlier how is he getting on
    any1 know

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Football in General.
    I think Leicester have re-kindled in a lot of folk what football should be about.
    The little team/underdog – giving the “big teams” a run for their money -with a brand of exciting and unpredictable football from a bunch of unknowns.
    You just do not know what to expect -what flashes of brilliance may happen during the match, an unassuming manager who does not insult or headbutt.
    Much better watchingh this style of football than the robotic output of some teams.
    It’s exciting – bit like the entertainers.
    They make not ever be able to replicate this season again but so what.

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  • Rhys Boyd

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Belfast, haha, I can’t wait to see him but McClaren doesn’t seem too happy to play him

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  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Spoof

    Taking the game to the opposition won’t work away from home.

    Just look where it’s got Leicester!

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  • chewbaccy

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #39

    tonite u21s doumbia having a run out

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  • Rhys Boyd

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #40

    We need to take the game to Chelsea, if we can attack from the offset Chelsea will struggle

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