This Player Seems To Be Transformed This Season

Just like Rafa Benitez seemed to be able to get the best out of Moussa Sissoko last season – and Moussa has always been a challenge – he also seems to have solved the problem of the inconsistency of Jonjo Shelvey.

Jonjo, after a poor first few games of the season has come through big time for us and often looks majestic in the middle of the field spraying those passes all over the place – like he did in the first half at Hull on Tuesday night.

Inconsistency and a questionable attitude at times have dogged the 24 year-old during his career, but we see no sign of that over the last few months.


Jonjo Shelvey – played great for us this season

The England International (6 caps) had been outstanding for us and all credit goes to him for that.

This is what Rafa said about Shelvey yesterday during his interviews:

“He has been really important for us.” “He’s played a lot of games and is doing well.”

“So hopefully everything will be fine and he can continue playing and scoring goals.”

“At the moment we are very happy with him.”

“He has a very good relationship with all of his team-mates, so I don’t see any problem and don’t expect any problem.”

Shelvey has made 20 appearances for Newcastle this season and has scored 3 goals.

In total he has 35 appearances for Newcastle this year with 3 goals since signing for us from Swansea for £12M in January.

Jonjo was also adamant that he was staying with Newcastle after we were relegated and that was good.

His hearing for his FA misconduct charge will now be held during the week of Monday, December 19th and if he is found guilty he will serve at least a five game suspension, so we could miss him  for those games.

But Rafa will have worked out how he will handle Jonjo’s absence since it’s been quite a while now that Jonjo has been charged.

Maybe Isaac Hayden will be given the attacking role in place of Jonjo?

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3 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 2, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s definitely one of the standout performers this year is Shelvey.

  • giimps

    Dec 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    It will be interesting to see what happens if Rafa brings in another playmaker, he seems that hes the type of player who needs regular playing time to flourish, if he is rotated we may not see the best of him.
    If we dont get another playmaker in and he gets banned or injured it could be costly, Rafa will sort it ……hes the one who sees the players every session and may even have someone lined up for that role from within our squad.
    Time will tee though.
    Yedlin lascelles clark dummet
    Colback shelvey
    Ritchie perez gouffy


  • Ron Knee

    Dec 2, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Another gem from Percy:-

    “I’m a realist, I understand the situation. I’ve got to ensure our next result is a positive one. That’s a pressure I put on myself. I am used to this situation, I’ve been in it before. (!!!!) It’s unusual to have this kind of run.” (!!!!)


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