Sky Pundit – Why Newcastle Lucky To Have This Phenomenal Player

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has identified Jonjo Shelvey as Newcastle’s most important (key) player and he admits he has skipped maybe a more obvious choice in 20 goal scorer Dwight Gayle.

But after all, since Dwight has been out since the game at Brentford – apart from an aborted 31 minutes against Aston Villa – Newcastle have played eight Championship games and won five and drawn three.

So others have stepped up to the plate to score 16 goals in those eight games – an average of two a game.

That’s slightly better than our full season average of 66 goals in 34 games and we have 18 points form those 8 games.

Jonjo Shelvey – going berserk and trying to fly on Tuesday night

If we can continue that average through the end of the season we will have 97 points and an automatic promotion spot.

When we were without Jonjo Shelvey for those five games because of his suspension towards the end of last year, we won only two and drew two although two of those games were against Birmingham City in the FA Cup.

But we had absolutely nobody who could do what Jonjo does best – control a game and spray passes all over the place.

This is why Don Goodman thinks Jonjo Shelvey is our most important player:

“It would have been easy to go for Dwight Gayle, but Shelvey makes them tick – he is phenomenal.”

“He has had to spend a season outside the Premier League and either way it was only ever going to be one because if Newcastle weren’t to get back up, I’m sure there would be many Premier League clubs who would take him.”

“Everything goes through him, he scores goals, he assists and he is a competitor, and in the Championship you need competitors.”

“Sometimes he steps over the line, but Newcastle are lucky to have him.”

Jonjo has improved under the coaching of Rafa Benitez and the manager has made Jonjo see some sense and he’s a much more controlled player these days on the pitch.

But he’s not perfect and opposition players are always going to test him, but he really has had a great season for us after basically being dropped by Rafa towards the end of last season.

Credit has to go to Jonjo for doing everything he can to improve under the world-class coaching of Benitez.

In that sense he’s not unlike a lot of Newcastle players who are better players now than they were in the summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    that could be right about the said persons new wife but what you’ve failed to remember is beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    one man’s meat is another man’s poison

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Shelvey misses Gayle big time. His runs make his passes so much better, gives him a target. Shelvey was comical wjen he arrive….” I grew up in a council estate …I should be fine here” or something like that. Cheers for the good PR dude 🙂

  • JackBall

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3


    That is true. I think I have a thing for Portly Spanish men with facial hair.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t said that Gayle is a more obvious choice, Shelvey is far and away the obvious choice as key man for us. So far he’s Man of the season in the whole of the championship never mind us.

  • JackBall

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I think this post is spot on. Shelvey is our most important player and Gayle is number two, and as Munster stated, he does miss Gayle, who opens up his great long balls. This is not a surprise, for most here just about always had him as MOM. It also points out the weakness of our midfield. We have no one near his quality as a backup, and our second and third choices are only average. That is why Rafa wanted a midfielder so bad, but if reports are true, the prices wanted would have been detrimental to future deals – there is always a finite amount of money.

  • jane

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    “Lingerie firm Agent Provocateur has been bought by Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley after it was placed into administration.”

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Jack, so many players needed if / when we go up

  • hibbit

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Munster Mag
    we have to be looking for 4/6 players not run of the mill stuff either got to be quality

  • JackBall

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Munster, true, but I was just speaking about the need for this year to make automatic promotion more assured. It is precisely because we will need a few next year that a deal could not be done – IMO

  • JackBall

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #10

    I was going to say 5, but left it out. Think we need 2-3 proven and 2-3 that are just upgrades.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Whoooo lads n’ lasses you’ll be able to buy your sexy lingerie from the TOON shop or Sports Direct – our leader has bought Agent Provocateur

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Maybes ‘Agent Provocateur’ could be the TOON’s new sponsors

  • JackBall

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    A new Lace Kit

  • AndyMac

    Mar 2, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #14

    WTF Rafa didnt demand a substitute JJ during the winter break only Fatman and Rafa will know ?

    If he’s banned or injured we are up shlt creek whereas we’ve never lost a game this season without Gayle. So Goodman is only telling us all what we already knew.

  • AndyMac

    Mar 2, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #15

    winter break – January window ?

  • iKeyaGaming

    Mar 2, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought it was that knob David Prutton at first giving us some praise ha-ha, no its Don lol.

  • stripes1009

    Mar 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Jonjo Shelvey is a class act. What age is he 25? With Rafa’s guidance, Jonjo’s undoubted skill, he could and should become ‘world class’. I’m 68 and have seen players come and go at Newcastle. Jonjo could become a Newcastle legend. Technically, he is a superb footballer, and he has the best manger around to help him develop.


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