In mid-December, Jonjo Shelvey picked up his second red card of the season.
It was our home game against Everton, and it was way into stoppage time when he managed to pick up a second yellow card and was dismissed.
His discipline has always been a problem, but Rafa came out and said the club would get help for Jonjo in anger management.
And since then Jonjo Shelvey has not only played his best football for Newcastle and helped our survival this year, but he’s been quite disciplined.
Of course, he’s walking a thin line, and the next red card and the papers will be full of it again.
Jonjo Shelvey – celebrates Ayoze Perez’ second goal for Newcastle
Let’s hope he can continue to curb his demons on the pitch and if he can do that he has a much better chance of playing again for England.
His ability has never been in question.
He’s our Man of the Match with 37% of the vote followed by his central midfield partner Mo Diame, who had another sterling game in the middle of the park.
Perez got a brace and finished top scorer for the season with 10 goals – 8 of which came in the Premier League.
In the last two seasons, Perez has 12 goals and 10 goals under Rafa – the best he has done at Newcastle since he arrived from Tenerife back in 2014 for €2M.
Next in the voting is goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and we have to thank the Slovakian INternational for two excellent saves in the second half to keep us in the game and preserve the clean sheet.
It’s the sign of a good goalkeeper when he can come up with two terrific saves when he has had little to do.
Expect Rafa to move quickly to sign Dubravka to a permanent deal.
Our understanding is the fee is €4M, and that’s in addition to the €2M loan deal.
It was a terrific win yesterday, and also the performance was excellent to end the season on a high.