There have been reports that West Ham want Jonjo Shelvey this month, but we’d be really surprised if Rafa would OK that move and help a club also struggling with relegation.
Jonjo has played well in the last few games for Newcastle, and we thought the combination of Jonjo and young Mikel Merino in central midfield against Luton Town looked solid and had some creativity – which we are really short of this season.
Newcastle have a big game against Swansea City on Saturday, one of Jonjo’s previous clubs, and it’s a game we should be winning if we are to avoid the drop this season.
Jonjo has fond memories of his time at Swansea, a club he joined in the summer of 2013 from Liverpool before he joined Newcastle in January two years ago.
But he says they have suffered by changing their manager too often.
Jonjo Shelvey with Rafa Benitez
That’s what Newcastle did under both Freddie Shepherd and Mike Ashley and it’s difficult to have any sense of building up the team with managers have different opinions on players.
There tends to be a lot of player churn – players coming and going – and it’s also very expensive for the club.
Hopefully, we will not be changing our manager for a very long time and that malady is past and gone.
This is some of what Jonjo has said on nufcTV about his former club:
“They have chopped and changed the managers to be fair and I don’t think that has helped them,”
“I think they need to get back playing the way they played football.” “Even when I was at Liverpool you wouldn’t see the ball for a lot of the time.”
“When I went there everything was about ball possession, all of our work was about the football and we were battering teams at home with the ball – even against the top teams.”
“They have gone away from that a little bit which is obviously down to whatever manager they had in at the time.”
“They have lost quite a few big players, to be fair,” “They have lost Gylfi Sigurdsson, they have lost Llorente but Swansea is a great club.”
“It is a great family club, the stadium isn’t the biggest but the supporters get behind the team.”
“As soon as I found out Newcastle were interested there was only one place to go but obviously I don’t want to see them go down because I want to play against them and I have mates in their team.”
“But football is a cut-throat business and I would rather we stayed up than them.”
“It is a relegation battle that we are in and whoever comes out on top will be the worthy winners.”
We are hoping we can keep our 100% record for this year and get our third successive win to start off 2018.