Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has come out and said some surprising things about Newcastle’s central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey today.
Jonjo has been showing some very good form of late and his performance in the 1-0 win against Manchester United is the best we’ve ever seen Jonjo play in a Newcastle shirt – and it was against top opposition.
Merson would like to have seen Jonjo Shelvey (and Brighton striker Glenn Murray too) in the England squad that plays against the Netherlands and Italy over this International break.
England won 1-0 last night in Amsterdam and they play Italy at Wembley on Tuesday night.
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This is some of what Paul Merson has written in the Star today:
“I would like to have seen Jonjo Shelvey and Glenn Murray in the England squad for both of these internationals.”
“Neither of them has any chance of going to the World Cup now but I think they both deserved a chance to stake a claim.”
“Shelvey deserves a chance. No-one else passes the ball like him. He has the best range in the league in my opinion. Even Jack Wilshere doesn’t have his passing range.”
“I know people say he’s a loose cannon but put him in the squad and let him play against the Italians.”
They’re, biggest wind-up merchants in football, and if he loses his head, see you later. I think it’s a shame he’s not being given the chance to prove he can handle it.”
The big negative on Jonjo is his temperament and the club and Rafa himself have been trying to help him this season.
It may be working but we will only know that if he cuts out his lapses in concentration on the field when he can do some stupid things.
If he can overcome his demons he’s likely to become a top player for Newcastle and possibly for England too.
What do you think?