One of our very best players in the last few games has been Jonjo Shelvey who is playing somewhere near his best form now, after not having had a very good time of it last season after he had signed on from Swansea for £12M.
Jonjo has always been impressed by new manager Rafa Benitez and after Rafa had been at the club only for a couple of weeks Jonjo said the players were coming into training with smiles on their faces.
Jonjo Shelvey after scoring on Tuesday night
That good relationship with the manager has continued this season and it seems that Rafa is now showing a lot more faith in the play-maker who ran the show on Tuesday night at QPR in our amazing 6-0 win.
Jonjo looked a really good player in that game and scored a sensational goal to put us 3-0 up a few minutes into the second half.
This is what the 23 year-old has said about Rafa today:
“It’s just nice to have someone show a bit of faith in you by picking you to play.” “We never know the team until less than two hours before kick-off so you’re just still guessing.”
“He’s keeping everyone on their toes and making sure everyone prepares correctly for every game.”
“It’s just part and parcel of football but he’s shown some serious faith in me this year by playing me.”
“Yes – obviously – I feel at the top of my game at the minute.” “I feel I’m playing well and performing well within the team. I’m playing games and that’s what you want.”
“Obviously, it’s going to be harder playing for England because you’re playing in the Championship – but that’s not my main focus at the minute.”
“My main focus is to keep playing well for Newcastle United Football Club. “There’s a new set-up now within the England squad, so I don’t know how Sam Allardyce is thinking.”
“It’s just part and parcel of football. “If he comes to watch one of my games, he comes to watch one of my games.”
“The only thing you can do is keep performing on the pitch.”
It looks like Jonjo will get another start this afternoon against Wolves, but you never know with Rafa, as he tries to keep the players on their toes.
However, after the great 6-0 road win in London, it’s very important we keep to our winning ways this afternoon at St. James’ Park.