Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has said that Jonjo Shelvey is vocal both in the dressing room and on the pitch and he welcomes that in what has probably been too quiet of a Newcastle dressing room this season.
We have also been too quiet too often on the field when things have not been going our way – with a lack of leadership being shown, but most of that was earlier in the season and Fabricio Coloccini has done a lot better of late.
Jonjo Shelvey – tells it like it is
McClaren has no problems with Shelvey telling it like it is and this is what the head coach has said in the Chronicle today:
“It’s vital we do that.” “It’s vital to have characters like that on the field.” “Jonjo was as disappointed as anybody about his performance at Everton.”
“It’s good to have somebody who shouts at others and themselves at times if they don’t perform.”
Newcastle need that kind of in your face leadership and Jonjo still has the best years of his career ahead of him and doesn’t turn 24 until later this month.
He made his debut for an Alan Pardew managed Charlton Athletic as a 16 year-old in April 2008, starting in a 3–0 away loss at Barnsley in the Championship.
He has already played a total of 228 first team games with 31 goals and he has started his Newcastle career extremely well with two Man of the Match performances in his first four games for the club.
We need Jonjo to keep that good form up so we remain a Premier League club next season.
He could turn out to be a real stellar signing for Newcastle and it helps that he was very keen to join us.