Rafa – This Player Really Important – He Can Make A Difference


Jonjo Shelvey wanted to be a starter for Newcastle this season under Rafa Benitez – and he has achieved that goal with some very hard work in the summer getting himself super-fit with a personal trainer.

But it still took Jonjo a few games to get into the swing of things this season, but now he is  one of the first names on the team sheet for Rafa and the former Liverpool player has demonstrated terrific skills.

And Jonjo has been consistent too, which was one of his weaknesses in the past.

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Rafa Benitez with Jonjo Shelvey at QPR

It was bad news for the club when the 24 year-old was charged by the FA with misconduct, after he had allegedly used racist comments towards a player in the home game against Wolves on September 17th.

Shelvey professes his innocence and he’s been adamant about that and asked for a personal hearing.

But the likelihood is he will be banned for a number of games – although he could also be completely cleared – we’ll just have to wait and see.

Rafa was asked in his interviews yesterday about Shelvey’s possible ban and understandably Rafa didn’t want to talk about the specifics of the case.

But he did talk about what may have to happen is Shelvey is banned and he also talked about the qualities of the skillful central midfielder.

This is what Rafa said:

“Jonjo’s fine. At the moment, it’s fine.” “We are looking forward to it.”

“I can’t say too much.” “We will have to wait.” “He’s really important. He’s a player with quality who can make a difference in the games.”

“If he’s not available, we can use another one. We would have to change the way we approach the game a little bit.”

With Jonjo asking for a personal appearance he is available for the Leeds game tomorrow, but then the charge could be upheld next week.

It looks like he could miss the League Cup quarter final tie at Hull City on November 29th, but the rest of the games we have are against lower league opposition, so hopefully we will be able to manage without him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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39 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Munster Mag

    That is a very simplistic perspective about the Pardewout posse.

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  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Lindisfarne
    They were a bunch of very simple people.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    After re-reading your post on previous page(#7) I believe you have sympathy for wanting AP gone and are certainly underwhelming in your faint praise of the man and present club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    We’re they really Jib, he might well still be here without them.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib

    The number of posts I have had moderated when responding to your jibes should actually be more than one. But I learnt that it was a pointless waste of time and energy, which is a simple lesson that has driven a lot of very competent posters away. What you are left with are people who are determined not to see your continuous insults put an end to a place of equality and shared conversation around NUFC and related subjects. I wish you would learn a lesson and think twice before arrogantly antagonising others and feigning innocence, or moving to another name.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Ticket news:
    Leeds (a) SOLD OUT
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    Birmingham City (h) Public sale now (online)
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    From NUFC.come,
    Season Ticket holders only for the two home games? Surely it should be members sale?

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  • giimps

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Fraudew jumped for more money and the chance to show that hes better with more control……time will tell on that one.
    He may have been still here and we may not have been relegated but i much prefer the situation were in now than with him in charge under the “boards” control.
    We may be in a lower league but we have hope and positivity now ,it would have been sameole sameole if he had stayed, no cup runs, no pushing to be the best we can be and more unwanted records being broken under him…….err no thanks

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed: “Shelvey professes his innocence and he’s been adamant about that and asked for a personal hearing.But the likelihood is he will be banned for a number of games – although he could also be completely cleared – we’ll just have to wait and see.”

    Why should we in Ed’s words assume that the FA will in all likelihood ban Shelvey for a number of games when he’s been adamant about his innocence. This would suggest that the FA are inept or worse as these decisions seem to be pre-determined due to politically correct considerations, although they have told FIFA to take a jump when the National Teams wore their Poppy Armbands so well done for that. None of us know what exactly happened, nor what Wolves players said when Anita was sent off and if Shelvey said something back ?
    Perhaps the FA will have to charge Wolves players for bringing the game into disrepute and Shelvey ends up suing them for slander.

    Just hope there are no Lancastrians at Elland Road on Sunday otherwise the language will be rife and the FA and Courts will be full of litigation for months.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    ‘Jonjo’s fine…at the moment it’s fine..’
    I don’t like the sound of that!
    Rafa won’t give much away but if that’s a direct quote it sounds a bit negative.. 🙁

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    loch
    Because the FA brought charges mate so there must be something there and isnt Shelvey claiming mitigating circumstances?

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe a wolves player commented on Jonjo’s shortcomings in the Barnet department. Or simply called him nosferatu or something?

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Nosferatu? What an entirely baseless slur that would have been. It was a 3pm kick off for goodness sake.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    giimps,
    Just yet another example of Jib blathering without being able to back up what he’says blathering about.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    He’s blathering. Predictive text is back on.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Jimmy…Jimmy
    Anyway, hopefully the FA are going to get it sorted sooner rather than later. No benefit to anyone just letting it Fester.

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  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Methinks there are some of the doylems who waved “Pardew Out” and similar slogans at SJP who post on here.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Sun reporting Gayle had 4 teeth knocked out in a drunken scuffle in Liverpool this past week…he gotten gold teeth now so they say haha

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    WW
    I find that hard to believe, wasn’t mitro on international duty….

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Yes, agreed. Prolonging things would be enough to drive anyone bats, and Jonjo perhaps more susceptible than most.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    AC
    Haha maybe he came back when they heard there was a team party on?

    Nar says Gayle was talking about his wage in a Liverpool bar and someone clocked him twice knocking him out? Could be crap apparently his nickname is ‘Teeth’ because of it but he had the name before this happened the piece goes on to say?

    Either way I hope he does have gold teeth it would be in keeping with his look

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  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    I once knocked on a castle door in Transylvania
    The door creaked open
    I got a bat in the mouth

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Jib,
    So I take it you were happy with the way the club was being run with Pardew making us a very good impression of the rabble down the road.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Anyhoo, Rafa bingo time.

    ……………………………….Darlow..
    Yedlin……………Lascelles…..Clark………….Dummett..

    Ritchie….”The Bird of Death”…Colback….Gouffran..
    …………………….Perez….
    …………………………………Mitro…

    A frightening prospect for Leeds.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Will you also acknowledge the fact that he may well still be here with another four years to run on his eight year deal if it wasn’t for those doylums. Or are you just being an obnoxious pr!ck as usual.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail……… With regards to Jib’s behaviour. When he oversteps the mark and pees you or anyone else off to the degree where they begin to despair then why not ban him from participating in the Rafa Bingo until such a time as he apologises and agrees to reform his behaviour.
    Just a thought like.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Has Ed posted his line up yet?

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail
    Would he really of still had 4 years left to run if he’d of stopped?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    WW…,
    Aye, it was around October 2012 he was given the eight year deal.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail
    Christ on a bike thank the lord for Palace

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Bloody game’s on Sunday!

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  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Surely if Gayle wass “sparked” at Jamaal Lascelles birthday bash in Liverpool last Friday there should be a question mark over his selection .

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib
    Why?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #33

    lochinvar
    bit late in reading your posting @8

    I think you have got your question to the FA summing up spot and would the FA do anything if Shelvey is exonerated –

    then what was said and was something said at and about Anita – tackle sending off and was Shelvey replying to words used said against Anita and would the TOON/Anita take action against the Wolves players!!!!????

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Charlie

    ‘then what was said and was something said at and about Anita – tackle sending off and was Shelvey replying to words used said against Anita and would the TOON/Anita take action against the Wolves players!!!!????’

    Are u suggesting the Wolves players said something racial towards Anita and Shelvey replied in kind?

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  • Bambams

    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #35

    I findex it really interesting that we only have one unfit player (Aarons) and we have 26 fit players.

    I said it last season and the season before, players over exaggerate ‘niggles’ when we are not playing well and are in the bottom 3 or 4

    This season we are flying and no injuries at all….

    Rafa is great but he ain’t a miracle worker and surely 4G pitches are solely responsible for the improvement.

    We have signed the right players with morale fibre in my opinion – long may it continue.

    Off to watch the Rugby, enjoy your day boys.

    (Great result last night by the way)

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  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #36

    WWSBRD

    Sorry

    I got distracted.

    I thought there may have been a concussion issue with Gayle.

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  • Bambams

    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Findex = find
    Surely 4G pitches ‘aren’t solely’…

    Bloody mobile

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  • hibbit

    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #38

    WWSBRD/Charlie
    that’s one of the stories doing the rounds
    i asked the other day were information was coming from and how could they quote it as FACT

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib
    Dont know concussion wasnt mentioned…its also from the Sun so it more than likely (atleast in some way) lies

    I cant recall the rules on concussions but a week has passed and Gayle could easily of not told the club doctors even if he had one so I dont know

    hibbit
    Surely if Anita had suffered some racial abuse from Wolves we would of notified the ref straight away (as Wolves did with Shelvey), sounds like people wanting to blame Wolves in someway so they can justify Shelvey if he did say something

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