It was interesting that Jonjo Shelvey was given the captain’s armband in yesterday’s friendly game against Lillestrom in La Manga, when captain Fabricio Coloccini was rested and the former Swansea. Liverpool and Charlton play-maker certainly showed some captain’s qualities in the game, before he was substituted in the 66th minute.
Jonjo Shelvey – showing some good leadership
Shelvey is much more vocal and aggressive than Coloccini on the pitch and more like one of our former great recent captains Kevin Nolan, who was captain for only one season before he left Newcastle in 2011 for West Ham.
But Kevin managed to captain the side to a 5-1 home win over Sunderland and get a hat-trick in that game on Halloween in 2010.
In the last six matches against the Black Cats we have had too many wimps playing in the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle – and we’re not particularly looking forward to the next derby game on 20th March – although our players do usually show up for home games – so that may help.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Steve McClaren does through the end of the season on the captaincy – if anything – maybe appoint Jonjo as the vice captain so he has some authority on the field?
That’s so when our players aren’t producing he can wake them up with some vocal wake up calls in the Kevin Nolan mold.
Kevin Nolan – great captain for Newcastle
And maybe Steve can show some real guts and appoint Jonjo as the captain through the end of the season but that would sound the death knell for Fabricio Coloccini at Newcastle.
We don’t think that will happen but desperate times require desperate measures so maybe there’s some chance Steve McClaren could do that to shake up the players – certainly they need to wake up in some games.
When Newcastle have collapsed this season in games – which is far too many times – that’s been missing so as well as provide some real creativity in the center of midfield it looks like Jonjo Shelvey can also provide some motivation and leadership on the pitch too.
He is no shrinking violet on or off the field – and it seems like that’s exactly what we need to wake up some of our players to fight and show some real spirit when things get tough in some of our 12 remaining games – which they will do.
We cannot have any more collapses like at Everton or Chelsea in any of our 12 remaining games of the season.
What do you think?