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Shelvey – Desperate Times Call For Desperate Solutions

1:34 pm, Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

It has to be odds-on that Jonjo Shelvey will get the chance to captain Newcastle against both Stoke City and Bournemouth in the two vital upcoming Premier League games with Coloccini out injured.

Of course two wins would be just fantastic and the least we have to hope for is 4 points otherwise Steve McClaren may be big trouble.

We simply cannot have another let-down at Stoke a week tomorrow.

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Jonjo Shelvey after a terrific debut against the Hammers

Jonjo Shelvey showed he is a vocal kind of captain on Saturday and certainly not afraid to have a go at players who don’t pull their weight – and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the players respond to a Kevin Nolan in-your-face kind of captain in the next two games.

Kevin was a fabulous captain for Newcastle but only for a year – and he left for West Ham in the summer of 2011 and Kevin reminded us very much of Jimmy Scoular, the Newcastle captain when we took Manchester City apart 3-1 in the 1955 FA Cup final.

Shelvey seems the type of player who likes to be completely involved in things and he could thrive if given the captaincy of Newcastle United.

If the lads do well in our next two games then Steve McClaren may be forced to make what would be a difficult but brave decision.

He could make Jonjo Shelvey the captain for the rest of the season although when fit again, Fabricio Coloccini could come into the side – but not as the captain.

And unless Fabricio plays really very well in the last 12 games of the season we just cannot see him at the club next season and maybe he will be sold to Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

Alan wanted him last summer and may offer him a two year deal – after he was willing to offer him  three year deal last summer.

Then we can bring in a top center-back this summer, which is what we should have done last summer.

It would really be dependent on both the results and the way the lads play in the two upcoming games under Jonjo as captain as to whether a change in the captaincy should be made.

But these are desperate times for Newcastle and they call for desperate solutions, so if we do well against Stoke and Bournemouth it’s a decision Steve McClaren could make and it could help save us this season.

And anything that can save Newcastle has to be more important than any one individual – be it a player or the head coach.

Would You Make Shelvey Captain Of Newcastle Now?

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MadisonToon // Feb 23, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    What would giving Shelvey the armband do to the rest of the players? We bring a player in who was sitting on the bench at a fellow relegation-struggler and then put him straight into the starting XI and give him the armband? If you’re Sissoko/Janmaat/Gini what are you thinking?

  • 2 Tsunki // Feb 23, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Rotunda you would have to ask what Ashley is telling Charnley, and what Charnley is telling Carr. There’s a high attrition rate in scouting prospects and one year it may click with Southampton, another crystal palace, this time very well for Leicester but it doesn’t always continue that way. Of course, we’ve a high fail count (!) atm, but to blame all this on a scout is highly specious imo. We also have a pretty awful injury rate, low fitness level, a manager who can’t even gain mastery over his receding hair, a pencil-chewing blubber – bag bean – counting lickspitt. (no offence..) crunching the boss’s numbers and an oblivious owner who sometimes pops in to check the building hasn’t been accidentally levelled, and who keeps both eyes on his SD revenues on the horizon, but only one hand on the nufc tiller.

  • 3 Tsunki // Feb 23, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Good point Madison. It would probably look a bit like arbitrary rotation. Eek.

  • 4 Lindisfarne // Feb 23, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Sissoko pull your socks up,
    Sissoko pull your socks up.
    Sissoko pull your socks up,
    and score a go goal for me.

    Janmaat pull your socks up,
    Janmaat pull your socks up.
    Janmaat pull your socks up,
    over lap is key.

    Gini pull your socks up,
    Gini pull your socks up.
    Gini pull your socks up,
    and run across the Dee.

    Shelvey pull your socks up,
    Shelvey pull your socks up.
    Shelvey pull your socks up,
    your uglier than Beardsley.

  • 5 MadisonToon // Feb 23, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    I just don’t know what message it sends. Shelvey hasn’t been consistent quality since he got here. He will be the engine-room, hopefully, for years to come but that, IMHO, is not sufficient for an extremely early transfer of the captaincy. Although it doesn’t show much foresight, you have to admit that the consistency of messaging (everything is positive!!!!) has been high from McClaren. I think he’d likely try to work within the longer-serving players for the next captain but he may not.

    Personally, I would like to see Gini get the armband or Janmaat – players who probably have more influence in the dressing room and have more going on off-the-pitch. Being a leader on the pitch is a part of being the captain, but it’s not the be-all-and-end-all of it.

  • 6 Dime Bar // Feb 23, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Are we not rotating captains then? 🙂

  • 7 firebug666 // Feb 23, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    With the amount of spin we get from the club I would have thought there was more than enough rotation.

  • 8 Tsunki // Feb 23, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Dime Bar. Don’t. Just…..don’t.

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 23, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    There will be a laptop power supply fizzing and sparking in Denmark right now…

  • 10 Tsunki // Feb 23, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Probably be able to cook a rasher of bacon on that keyboard. Hmm. Maybe went a bit far that one. Don’t want anyone to think I’m Baconist.

  • 11 Tsunki // Feb 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Tsunki YOU SWINE! You are a Baconist PIG!!!


  • 12 Tsunki // Feb 23, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    “Anyone seen old man Carr? it’s way past my 3o’clock glute massage”

    “No Lee, not since this5 this morning. Last time I saw him he was in the beer cellar throwing ritz crackers down for somebody called ‘Sir Pawsalot'”

    “Not again! Bob…can you get the top off this tea tree oil for me?”

  • 13 robertsleftfoot // Feb 23, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    He doesnt perfom regularly enough to be captain, he is also not the type to give 100% i he does not feel like it

    Give it to Janmatt

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