With Jonjo Shelvey now 5th choice at Newcastle in central midfield and news in the Mail today that West Ham will bid £20M for him this summer, it could be a good time to sell the 27-year-old England International.
It seems we have a ready replacement in impressive local lad 21-year-old Sean Longstaff and Newcastle could receive north of 20M for Jonjo and get his massive wages of £70K/week off the wage bill.
If he leaves maybe Longstaff will be given improved contract?
Should Rafa Benitez allow Jonjo Shelvey to leave this summer
This is how Rafa explained Jonjo’s position as number 5 choice right now:
“It is very easy to explain why he is not playing.”
“You have Longstaff and Hayden doing well. Still you have Ki and Diame – they were ahead of him – and they are not in the team, so you have five midfielders now for two positions.”
“We don’t have the space physically, you cannot put more than 18 players in the squad. Someone has to stay out and that is my problem to decide.”
“Many people say, “Yeah, but Jonjo could be…”. Yes, “could be”, but we are doing well.”
“The Burnley game was an example. We put Diame on the bench because we thought that it could be physical and, in the end, he was on the pitch.”
“Ki has the quality, Diame has the physicality so, for Jonjo to go ahead of him, he has to do really well and be the right one for that match.”
Rafa could use the 20M maybe to bring in another defensive midfielder since Isaac Hayden will be sold this summer.
And Rafa will want a left wing-back and striker brought in this summer – in addition to keeping Salomon Rondon
It doesn’t seem as if loan signing Antonio Barreca will fit the bill at Newcastle given he has hardly played at Newcastle and doesn’t make the matchday 18 too often.
If Rafa decides to stay at Newcastle it will be a crucial transfer window for Newcastle with Rafa wanting to bring n 5 new players and sell who he wants to.
One of those players could be Jonjo Shelvey.
What do you think?