Jonjo Shelvey has had a strangely up and down season at Newcastle, and in the first game, it didn’t augur well for the future when he was sent off early in the second half against Tottenham.
And that could have cost us all 3 points and an excellent start to the season.
Jonjo was banned for the next three games, so he didn’t do much to help us in those first four games.
Rafa Benitez has a history of moving on players who cannot be trusted in the team, and Jonjo may well be one of those players who are sold in the summer.
Indeed Rafa said he would have to bring in a replacement for Shelvey last month – if he was to allow him to go.
Jonjo Shelvey – in action against Liverpool
So maybe if Rafa is successful in bringing in a top attacking midfielder in the summer – always assuming he stays on at Newcastle – the manager could sell Jonjo and there seem to be plenty of buyers in the Premier League for him.
We should ask more than £12M for him too.
This is what Jonjo Shelvey has said in the program for tomorrow’s game against Manchester United:
“The penny’s sort of dropped now with me.”
“I know what’s right and wrong, on and off the pitch, and I know what you can and can’t do. I’m just trying to stick by that every day.”
“It’s probably taken a lot longer than what it should do to sink in, but I feel like I’m at that stage now.”
“I’ve just always tried to rely on my ability,” Shelvey added.
“I’ve always been able to technically play football and understand the game, and I probably thought that would always see me through.
“But you realize that the way football is going, you have to add other elements to your game to get to where you need to be.”
Not sure about that first line – what does sort of mean?
Shelvey has not been the significant impact we had hoped for this season, and when he’s fit, 21-year-old Mikel Merino is preferred to play the attacking midfield role.
Hopefully, Jonjo can come through for us in the final 12 games of the season and help us.
But just like Aleksandar Mitrovic, he will probably be sold in the summer if Rafa Benitez is still here at that time.
But it was excellent to see the very positive comments made by Mitro at Fulham about how great a club Newcastle is and how good a manager Rafa is.
That’s after Rafa has given him very little playing time this season and with the team unable to score many goals, that has been a surprise.
It’s a real pity Mitro doesn’t seem to be able to make it at Newcastle – but he’ll continue to be a supporter of the club for life.
It’s no wonder he’s a big hit with the fans because he loves the club (and the fans) so much.
Miro’s put out some excellent publicity for the club and the manager as he gets used to playing for Fulham.
The Cottagers are on an outstanding run under manager Slavisa Jokanovic at the moment; they have taken 22 points (7 wins) from their 9 games since Sunderland beat them 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
They are in 5th place on 51 points – 5 points out of second place and automatic promotion.