To be fair to Jonjo Shelvey, he’s been well behaved this season apart from the time he is accused of misconduct late in the Wolves game back in September – and his personal hearing for that is due to take place during the week of 19th December.
But generally he’s been well behaved and has done very well indeed for Newcastle this season – one of our best players.
But last night at the City Ground he lost his discipline and kicked out at Henri Lansbury in the penalty area and he was sent off and Nottingham Forest were awarded a penalty.
Jonjo Shelvey being sent off last night
That was the old Jonjo Shelvey in action – an undisciplined player who can be a liability to a side although last night Henri Lansbury was just as bad during the incident.
On Thursday during his interviews for last night’s game, Rafa Benitez said this about Shelvey:
“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.”
Those last few words are interesting – I don’t see any problem and don’t expect any problem.
Things were going well until the 33rd minute last night when the Shelvey – Lansbury incident occurred and Shelvey was culpable for losing his cool.
Of course we don’t want to over-react to one incident, but Jonjo Shelvey will never become a completely disciplined player.
That’s part of his make-up – it’s take it or leave it with Shelvey.
If Jonjo is found guilty of misconduct later this month he could now be out for a minimum of eight successive games.
Let’s face it – that’s a liability to any side and we don’t think Rafa can be too happy about that.