Newcastle fitness coach and assistant manager Francisco de Míguel Moreno (Paco Moreno) thinks that Jonjo Shelvey is one of the best technical players he has ever worked with.
But as we all know his discipline record is poor, and everybody will be hoping he can clean up his act this season and if not there is a distinct possibility that Rafa could lose confidence in him.
Jonjo was basically responsible for our defeat against Spurs in the first game of the season when the game plan was working so well until the midfielder got himself sent off just minutes into the second half.
We don’t expect Jonjo to start against Stoke on Saturday, but he could get some playing time in the second half depending on how the game is going.
Jonjo Shelvey against Tottenham Hotspur
This is what Paco has said in the Chronicle today about Jonjo and our fans:
“He’s one of the best we have worked with technically.” “We have worked some very good players too.”
“He has those attributes and he is a very good player technically, but also with other things.”
“In general we know that his level is good.” “He knows he has to improve but knows exactly what he needs to do to achieve that.”
“Jonjo is a good player for us, there is no doubt about that.” “We can see him doing well in training and he’s glad to be back from suspension to play games.”
“Hopefully, we can play him soon, we’ll see what happens but he’s in good shape.”
“Last season we spoke about the warmth of the supporters from the very start.”
“It doesn’t matter what part of the country we play in, they are always there.” “That is something that not every club has.”
“But we expect to see them everywhere we go.”
“We are very pleased with them. I just want to say a big thank you to them and I hope they continue being behind us.”
The fans helped the team last season in the Championship when we were promoted in first place, and they will do the same thing this season – both home and away in the Premier League.