Jonjo Shelvey is filling in for captain Jamaal Lascelles while Jamaal is recovering from his ankle injury and we hope the 23-year-old will be back soon although he’s not available for the home game against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Jonjo had a decent game at Old Trafford last Saturday in the 4-1 defeat and he looks like he’s coming into some good form at an important part of the season with lots of holiday games coming up.
Newcastle, are finding it difficult to score goals this season but it was good that Dwight Gayle scored his first goal of the season at Old Trafford and hopefully, he can go on a goalscoring streak for the upcoming games.
Jonjo Shelvey gets instructions from Rafa Benitez last Saturday
Jonjo had been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today, and he explains why it’s more difficult to score goals against Premier League sides:
“The players are a lot more tactically aware in this league, and it’s a lot harder than the Championship.”
“You probably get a lot more time on the ball, but the defenders are in better positions, so it’s a lot harder to create chances and score chances.”
“At the end of the day, we’re doing all right. We probably just need to score a few more goals.”
“It isn’t just down to the attacking players, either. You need to chip in with goals from all over the pitch.”
“That’s something we’ll keep working on, on the training pitch, and hopefully it’ll pay off.”
The top scorers ar Newcastle at the moment are Mitrovic, Joselu, and Lascelles with only two goals each – that’s not many for a top scorer at the club after 12 league games and a cup game have been played.
Here are the goalscorers so far.
Let’s hope we can get all 3 points against Watford on Saturday – we need them!