Jonjo Shelvey made his first appearance for some time when he came on after 79 minutes yesterday with the score 2-1 to Everton.
And his first pass was a beautiful long cross-field ball out to the right wing and Miguel Almiron ran onto it.
It seems that Jonjo wanted to prove something yesterday to the Newcastle fans and maybe to Rafa too.
There has been some talk of maybe selling him to West Ham in the summer for £20M, but his determination and skill yesterday, which helped us get the famous win, were there for all to see.
Maybe Jonjo will start in place of Ki next Saturday at Bournemouth although Ki also needs some game time too to get back to his best.
But Shelvey is in the mood and has been wanting to play for weeks based on yesterday’s performance.
Rafa Benitez talking To Jonjo Shelvey
It showed yesterday and Jonjo showed the excellent skills he has and it looks like he has no plans to leave Newcastle anytime soon.
Jonjo deserves credit for helping Newcastle win the game yesterday – a terrific cameo performance from the England International.
Here are some tweets from the fans after yesterday’s great win.
#nufc never been Shelvey biggest fan but his intro was massive today, the balls he can play & drives us forward rather than sideways & backwards, now has Miggy to knock balls to as well, starts next week?
— Waaatson (@paul_taylor1) March 9, 2019
The absolute guts from Shelvey to sling those passes any minute is why we still need him. Squad. #NUFC
— Don Abel (@zhorze) March 10, 2019
That second half team performance today deserves alot of credit, But this team looks so much better going forward with shelvey in there his passing will open up many defences. #nufc
— Ashley (@ADMiller_88) March 9, 2019
Got to say. #nufc First half was poor today, summed up by Ritchie pen miss. Awful all round. 4 at back second half made difference. Shelvey really made difference. Last 10 mins today mental. #toonarmy
— stephen bell (@Steve__Bell) March 9, 2019
#NUFC Thought Dummett was outstanding when he came on and Shelvey was class too on them last 15mims. Good pros who we have missed..
— Keith Inkster (@InksterKeith) March 9, 2019
shelvey almiron perez and rondon are the key to winning, think of the type of passes shelvey could be picking out to play almiron through. #Nufc
— Josh (@JJS__1) March 9, 2019
Jonjo Shelvey made the difference tonight, best footballer at the club #NUFC
— Mr L Dobson (@Mr_Dobson_PE) March 9, 2019
Can’t wait to see the Shelvey-Almiron combo in the midfield. #NUFC
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) March 9, 2019
— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) March 9, 2019
Great result #nufc Shelvey made the difference with his passing & tbf he looked well up for it. Hopefully he can keep that up till end of season & we’ll see him & Longstaff in CM next season
— Chris Currie (@Wig82) March 9, 2019
— LeLockdownFootball (@LeLockdownFBall) March 9, 2019
— Gary Foster (@GarySMB) March 9, 2019
— ShaunMichaelBennett (@ShaunBennett13s) March 9, 2019
Shelvey was the difference today always looking to play forward and create something out of nothing #nufc
— Robert (@Robertonufc) March 9, 2019
Very excited to see Shelvey pinging balls for Almiron to get on the end of. Finally someone to hit with that absolute wand. #nufc
— Colin Edwards (@colin_edwards56) March 9, 2019