It seems that Jonjo Shelvey is a work in progress for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and Jonjo has been much more consistent and better behaved this season than in the past.
He did lapse a couple of times – once in the game at Nottingham Forest when he reacted to provocation from Henri Lansbury and was sent off.
The other time was late in the game against Wolves at home in the Premier League and he has a personal hearing for that FA misconduct charge – where he will plead his innocence with the hearing scheduled for the week after next.
Jonjo Shelvey congratulates goalscorer Dwight Gayle yesterday
Rafa had talked about how Jonjo can become a much better player, but he has to be aware of players who try to provoke him during games – and it seems that Jonjo is determined to follow the advice of his manager.
Shelvey put in a very good performance yesterday in what was an excellent team display from our players in the 4-0 win against a good Birmingham City side.
He seemed to be in control of the game and you could see this lad’s vast potential to become a really top player in the game.
Obviously Rafa Benitez has seen that vast potential and of course he did sign him for Liverpool in the summer 2010 just before he departed the Reds.
This is what Jonjo said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:
“If we turn up at Wigan expecting to win because we’re Newcastle United, it isn’t going to happen. We have to put as much effort into every game as we did today.”
“We thoroughly deserved to win. We dominated the game throughout.”
“It was important just to get back to winning ways, obviously we’re happy to have done that but obviously the job is not done yet.”
“We need to go and carry it on into Wednesday.” “To win 4-0, you have to do things right.”
“We have been working all week, we’ve had a game-plan from the get-go and we have stuck to it. We’ve listened to the gaffer, and it’s paid off in the end.”
“Last week, I felt that I didn’t deserve to be sent off to be honest with you.”
“I thought the boy made a meal of it but it is what it is. Obviously, I still felt like I’d let the team down because we ended up losing the game.”
“I felt that I needed to go out there and owe one to the team and owe one to the fans, I think that I have done that today and repaid them.”
“Dwight gets lucky to be honest.” “No, it can’t be luck if he is in the right place at the right time.”
“I know he’s looking to get to 20 as soon as possible and that’s what all forwards want to do.”
“He just knows where the back of the net is and he could have had another one today as well. ” “Fair play to him.”
Those are good words from Jonjo and apparently at Forest he was remorseful after the game and Rafa said he didn’t even have to say anything because Jonjo apologized to his team-mates for letting them down.
If Jonjo can put in more performances like he did yesterday, we’ll get more wins and get closer to locking in one of those two automatic promotion places.
That’s the goal this season.