Jonjo Shelvey played the best game we have ever seen him play for Newcastle on Sunday.
Not only because of the way he can pass the ball and find players but in those final 15 minutes of the game he remained a key player for us as he helped out the defense and tried to get quick counter-attacks going.
He worked his socks off for the cause.
And yet in the previous game against Palace, he wasn’t half as good – and that’s puzzling.
But Rafa seems to know how to get the best out of his former Liverpool signing.
We hope he can better control himself on the pitch but will only know if he can do that over time and have to hope the anger management classes will significantly help him.
He showed what a great player he could become on Sunday if he can control his demons.
Rafa has said in the past Jonjo was always trying to rush his pass, and now that seems to have been solved.
This is what Rafa said about Shelvey as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“It was really good. “I think he knew what to do with the ball sometimes that in the past he was in a little bit of a rush, and now he’s much better.”
“The team was also helping, because of the movement and the support from his team-mates was very good.”
“He’s someone with quality that he can pass and can keep the ball and he can make the difference with one pass.”
In his program interview on Sunday, Jonjo said the “penny’s sort of dropped now with me” but it wasn’t too convincing.
But he’s been given tremendous football skills and if he can control his temper then we will see a lot more games from Jonjo like the one on Sunday.
Jonjo was outstanding in the center of midfield where those expensive Manchester United players were struggling.
Let’s hope the penny has dropped – he was fabulous on Sunday.