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These Were Newcastle’s Best Players In Defeat At West Ham

Mo Diame didn’t come on until the start of the second half on Saturday at the London Stadium, but he was our Man of the Match in the 2-0 defeat against the Hammers.

Newcastle lost this game in the first half conceding two poor goals, and when Mo came on at the start of the second half in place of the injured Sean Longstaff, he offered a physical presence in the middle of the park.

Mo got 20% of the vote against one of his former sides.

Newcastle did a lot better in the second half, and with a little luck we could have scored and made a game of it.

Mo Diame – our best player in a 45 minute appearance

Number 9 Salomon Rondon tried his best to get a goal and had several half chances and managed to hit the post with a free kick.

Salomon has become a consistent player under Rafa Benitez, and he nearly always scores or at least goes very near to scoring in every single game he plays these days.

He has 8 goals, and 7 of them have come in the Premier League this season.

Rondon got 18% of the vote and let’s hope we can get him transferred this summer and make him a permanent fixture up front for Newcastle.

Third in the voting was Matt Ritchie who tried his best to keep Newcastle in the game and of course, he gave his usual 100% all-out effort to the Newcastle cause.

Matt has been some signing for Newcastle from the Cherries when he stepped down a league to play for Rafa almost three years ago.

But the extra quality posed by West Ham was the major difference from the previous two successive wins at home to Huddersfield and Burnley.

Let’s hope we can get back to our winning ways on Saturday afternoon when we play a good Everton side at home and hope to make it five successive wins at St. James’ Park.

That would be a great result for us.

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10 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    RobLeenio, clearly you are the one having issues in understanding context. The poll taken couldn’t have been made any more clearer.

    “Should Newcastle Sell Shelvey for £20M This Summer?”

    It’s very simple, yes or no.

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2

    “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?”

    Perhaps I am failing to see it. Where is the context in the article that suggests 57% of the people in the poll want Shelvey to stay but understand he may want first team football elsewhere:

    I haven’t seen anything mentioned in the article or quotations, mentioning anything about Shelvey requiring first team football. There was no framed context of that note, and so, the poll was very clear.

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Shelvey’s valuation according to CIES was £23.5 million when he signed for Newcastle. Inflation and proven ability has surely added numbers to that valuation.

    It defies belief a majority would want Shelvey gone after a spell of injury. Short memories perhaps.

  • beefman13

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Imo the fella Shelvey has to go, we have to move on, had some canny games, notably the end of last season, but if the Hammers for instance want the lad for 15/20m I will take him down myself in a wheelbarrow.

  • martoon

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    AncientC – I agree with you on Shelvey – the lad’s been injured for most of the season and was so keen to play again he came back too early and had another setback. The emergence of Longstaff is great but there is room for both of them in mid-field especially as we know Hayden wants away.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley agreeing to Rafa’s t&c’s and Rafa signing a four year contract would be the most important thing that could happen this summer and what happens to Shelvey would be entirely inconsequential. Just imo of course.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Ancient C, all I’m saying is you don’t need to be so militant about it. Many fans like Shelvey but wonder if his role in the team has been overtaken by events.

    Gayle left, so no target for Shelvey’s style of passing. Lejeune and Schaer can play balls like Shelvey can. Longstaff, Ki, Hayden all play a higher tempo, more possession based game further up the pitch. We now have Almiron who likes balls played to feet through the defenders, not lumped up in the air.

    Nobody wants to see Shelvey go, but Rafa’s tactics and formation have changed, the question has to be asked about whether Shelvey can adapt to them.

    Rafa is content to leave him out of his squads, not just on the bench. The way he speaks now suggests Shelvey is fifth choice. Will JonJo himself be happy with this? Is it better to have a player of his value sitting in the reserves or to have his fee reinvested in other areas of the squad?

    You’ll have to take my word for it that I voted for him to be kept, but I can definitely see the argument for him to be sold – it is quite strong.

  • Mindshaft

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Bizarre that so many want to sell Shelvey, he’s been one of our best players by far over the last couple of seasons and getting 15-20 million will unlikely buy a better replacement – Hayden wants away and by press accounts has been told he can go in the summer, Diame will be offered a one year extension but will end up leaving on a free as he wants a two year deal, that leaves us Ki and Longstaff.
    Do people really think Ashley is going to give rafa any money that we receive from sales, he’s more likely to take the money to pay an instalment of his interest loan

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9

    martoon, yes, Shelvey is still one of the crown jewels. I have no idea how you could replace Shelvey with somebody of the same ability; especially if Shelvey is sold in installments—that would leave Benitez spinning plates and looking around for loan deals again. That’s if Benitez stays of course.

    I hope the club gets more than £20 million if Shelvey is to be sold. That’s not a lot of money for a player with a very unique ability.

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Rob, I can understand some people voted to let Shelvey go due to tactical reasons and to raise funds, I am just shocked at the percentages.

    I hope Shelvey doesn’t read similar polls on social media and get the wrong idea about what he should do in the summer.

    I agree though, if Benitez decides to sell Shelvey, Rafa will have a tactical reason that should be trusted. I thought Benitez got it wrong on Mitrovic, but after watching Rondon blossom, I think Benitez will know what is the right choice to make.


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