Jonjo Shelvey was dropped by manager Rafa Benitez quite early on in Rafa’s short nine weeks at the club.
But don’t think the former Swansea midfielder bears any grudges at all towards Rafa, whom he says has brought a togetherness to the squad and has done a great job since he’s been on Tyneside.
Jonjo has said Rafa’s been superb with every single Newcastle player.
OK – sign him up!
Jonjo Shelvey – Benitez has been superb with all the players
Here what Jonjo has said in the Chronicle today:
“Rafa has come in and done a great job.” “He’s been superb and every single one of the players are working their socks off in training.”
“It has been about coming together and getting three points in games.” “He has instilled togetherness in the squad.”
“Everyone was coming into training with a smile on their face which is what you want.” “That has seen us through the last few weeks in terms of getting results.”
“We have hung out in games and seen games out.”
We are hoping that if Rafa does decide to stay – which seems up in the air still -= then he can start getting the best out of Shelvey and certainly Jonjo could be a very important player for us in the Championship next season.
But to get back into the side, the 23 year-old will have to follow whatever Rafa is telling him to do to improve his game.
Jonjo is one of three of the four players signed in January that haven’t been used much by Rafa.
The only player the new manager has started is Andros Townsend – and he’s scored four goals and had two assists since joining us from Spurs – tomorrow’s opponents at St. James’ Park.