There have been some problems in the last couple of years with Jonjo Shelvey’s discipline on the field, but we knew he really liked both playing for Newcastle and living with his family in the area.
For £12M from Swansea City he has turned out to be an excellent buy for us and unlike Andros Townsend who was signed at about the same time – he quickly said he wanted to stay at Newcastle after we were relegated last year.
Players like that coming out quickly is essential to the team spirit and the morale of the fans when the team gets get relegated.
And fans have had too much experience of that with Mike Ashley as the owner.
Jonjo Shelvey with Rafa Benitez – joining Newcastle – best decision Jonjo ever made
Jonjo has also spent the last two summers getting super fit before he reported back to training in early July.
He is a player who is very keen to improve himself under the guidance of Rafa Benitez who Jonjo thinks is one of the best coaches around.
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has said that Shelvey has told him many times that he likes everything about Newcastle and that his family loves living in the Newcastle area.
This is some of what Adam said on MOTD2 (Match of the Day) Extra on BBC Radio 5 Live a few days ago when the discussion was about fashionable areas to play football in England:
“It’s a mentality thing,”
“I speak to Jonjo Shelvey, and he loves it up in Newcastle – and he’s a London boy. He says: ‘It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”
“His family loves it, his kids love it, and it’s just different and I think a lot of the foreign players find it difficult because London is a big attraction, Manchester is a big attraction.”
“But, listen, when you get an opportunity to go and play in the Premier League, it doesn’t matter where you play – Swansea, Newcastle, wherever.”
“It should be a privilege and an honor to play in the Premier League.”
It’s always good to have players at the club who want to be here, and that’s something Rafa demands from a player before he signs them for Newcastle United.
We are struggling a little bit at the moment because Mike Ashley wouldn’t invest the required money in new players last summer.
But if we can get through this season or even have a good January transfer window the future looks bright as long as we can keep Rafa Benitez at the club.