Jonjo Shelvey has been sent off twice this season, the first one being in the very first game against Spurs early in the second half at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle were playing really well against Tottenham until Jonjo stepped on a player and was given a straight red card. and that could have cost us all 3 points.
The score was 0-0 at the time and we lost the game 2-0.
Then he was sent off through frustration in injury time in the 1-0 loss to Everton at home, which turned out to be another costly defeat for us.
Rafa Benitez did not turn his back on the player but vowed that Newcastle would help him control his demons – especially his anger – and would get him psychiatric help.
And from what Jonjo says in a long interview with Sky Sports today, it seems to be paying off – and that’s terrific news.
Jonjo Shelvey – dominant against Manchester United
He was given a little book (wonder if it was black in color?) by the psychiatrist and he says that’s been a big help to him.
Here’s some of what Jonjo has said in his Sky Sports interview:
“I meet up with him probably twice or three times a month and just go through little bits and bobs. It’s never a long chat or anything like that, it’s just to keep ticking over and see where I am at mentally.”
“It makes you look at life in a different way and puts yourself in other people’s situation so you take a step back, which is probably what I have needed.”
“I started working with him towards the back end of last year and it’s helped me massively.”
“He bought me a little book and after every training session and game you write a few things down and what you have done good and bad. I’d take it to the golf course and when you hit a bad shot or relive every hole.”
“It’s for everyday life and your hand starts to hurt after a while from writing so much! It’s good to flick back through and have a read.”
“It’s always refreshing your memory of what you can improve on and what you are doing well.”
“With so many training sessions you forget what you have done when you look back at the end of the week so you have the little book and write the date down and there you go.”
“I go straight indoors and do it straight away so it’s done and then you can enjoy the rest of the day. It’s a good practice to have.”
“When I go over the white line I just want to win. I’m a winner and I’ve had that instilled in me since I was a kid and sometimes it goes over the edge.”
“It’s about controlling that.”
It would be a huge success for both Jonjo and for Newcastle if he can control the demons (we all have), and only time will tell.
And Jonjo had probably his best game ever for Newcastle last time out against Manchester United and gave a Man of the Match performance along with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Jonjo was just massive in central midfield for us and in those final 15 minutes, he was here, there and everywhere helping out the defense and starting up attacks.
We wonder what he wrote his little book after that game.
Keep it up!
Hopefully, we will get a similar performance from Shelvey tomorrow, and one thing he knows he lacks in his performances is consistency.