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Jonjo Shelvey Has Tense Meeting With Rafa – Player Likely To Leave Newcastle

The Sun is reporting today that central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has held emergency talks with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez about his situation at the club.

Jonjo has not started a game for the club since last November and there were rumors in January that West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini wanted him for a fee of £20M.

It’s strange because Shelvey was a key man for us last season but with the emergence of local North Shields lad, Sean Longstaff in central midfield can allow Rafa to cash in on the England International this summer.

Jonjo went to see Rafa on Friday morning before the game at Leicester City where Newcastle won 1-0 and it was said to be a tense and frank meeting between the two of them.

Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez – tense but frank meeting

And the manager is reported to have told Shelvey he’s not in the side because he’s not fit enough – and certainly not match fit.

But you can’t get match-fit unless you play some matches and get sub appearances to get back into games.

Jonjo was an unused sub in the terrific win at the King Power Stadium – our last game before we take on Southampton on Saturday at home.

It seems it’s almost certain now that Shelvey will leave Newcastle this summer but the 27-year-old will be disappointed because he really likes it at the club.

Jonjo joined us in January 2016 for £12M from Swansea and since then he’s played 109 games for us with 7 goals and 19 assists – and was a key player in getting us promoted two years ago.

Comments welcome.

187 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #41

    Can’t help feeling that the possible sale of Shelvey is the carrot to the possible purchase of Rondon. A classic case of horse trading. Midfield we have well covered and can add players to more easily. Up front is more problematic and harder to acquire strikers at the right price in Ashley’s little black book of transfer values. It would suit him fine to sell Shlevey say for £20m and acquire Rondon for £15m with a side earner of £5m in the bank. It’s his modus operandi.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #42

    Les Reed also wrote Delilah
    Tragic loss
    Why,why, why…..

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #43

    1967 may have been blighted byEngelbert
    In June – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    was released

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #44

    Reminder of a 60’s advert
    There was a guy toured the clubs
    who used to sing to the tune of Delilah
    “My my my Maria
    I’m only here for the beer”

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #45

    John Peel played the whole album on his show, Jib.

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #46

    Tonight Barcelona may do to Man U
    What Man U did to our U23’s last night

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #47

    148 weeks in the charts – 21 at number one

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #48

    Apparently Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane
    were going to be on it but Brian Epstein got
    twitchy that they hadn’t released a single for 7 months

  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #49


    As you infer, Ashley’s one for the short-term, narrow vision in which he only sees the difference between cost and sale prices in his goods. Sadly he sees players as merchandise rather than assets who by their contribution, can add greater profit and therefore value to the club.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #50

    And they stopped putting singles on albums early on.

  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #51


    Have a crack at naming everyone who appeared on the Sgt Pepper sleeve. Everybody, geddit. Answer in by close Wednesday.

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #52

    That’s easy
    The one that gets everyone is Albert Stubbins

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #53

    Brighton vs Cardiff tonight will be of more
    interest than CL stuff

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #54

    Come on You Seagulls (again).

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #55

    After Saturday
    Cardiff and Colin will fancy their chances

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #56

    Don’t know if anyone has mentioned Release Me stopped Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane from making NO 1.

    Around that time many younger buyers were starting to buy LP’s rather than singles as groups were increasingly concentrating on albums.

    Oddly though as Jib said this single wasn’t on Beatles Sgt Peppers released later in year.

    I was initially thinking that there was probably a lot of great singles around then which would perhaps meant difficult choices for those teenagers with not much pocket money. Then i had this thought that whilst I believed 1967 was a pivotal year in music ( well for my tastes anyway) there was some dross around that year particularly early in year.

    Sure enough looking at top 20 or so in March 1967 we were blessed with not only Englebert and Tom but Ken Dodd. Vince Hill,Petual Clark, Jim Reeves, The Seekers Val Doonican. Spending power of “adults” definitely exceeding teens and perhaps control of stereogram meant MOR was king (or queen).

    Goes to show that nostalgia plays to all the highs and blots out the lows 🙂

    Normal football service will be resumed for those totally bemused and I apologise for being so cavalier before midnight has chimed.

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #58

    The last singer you mention Magscar
    My sister couldn’t hang his photo up in her bedroom
    She’d keep trying
    It would just val doonican

    I’ll get me coat

  • hibbit

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #59
  • hibbit

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #60

    apologizes for the double post

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #61

    I still think safe standing is the route to take
    With standing comes more singing and noise
    and with that comes more atmosphere.

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #62


    You have a good memory for a lot of poor jokes haha

    Was going to say to nearly rival Welshies early posts but then again his were more recent ones whereas yours must have been carried for many more years so you win – Oh the scars 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #63

    Where would matches be played when all that work was going on?

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 16, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #64

    “94% of teams who win first leg away from home go through.”

    Not looking good for Manure.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #65


    He’s got the Tim Vine joke book! 😉

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #66


    Stadium of Light! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #67


  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #68


    Interesting link to some lateral thinking BUT where would we play whilst extensive work could be carried out ( surely couldn’t keep partially open as in the last development).

    Maybe our neighbours would like to have some rent and a full houses for a season or I suppose Wembley is available again 🙂

    Frog will of course take a dim view for suggestion that land behind Gallowgate is no longer crucial to possible development.

    Seriously though the cost would be phenominal and priority for new owners would be squad building. By time redevelopment became a real consideration I suspect we and othe wannbe’s may already have been left behind by a new Super European League in which the current Top 6 then compete having left PL and SKY and their money has gone with them.

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #69


    I think Welshie did have the decency to admit that but has never confessed to being a WUM 😉

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #70

    Shelvey not playing has nothing to do with being match fit, Almiron hadn’t played for around 2 months had only just gone back to pre season and was in better shape than most of our team when he played his first game

    Shelvey doesnt do enough, he sits to deep, Longstaff has shown him up!!

    Longstaff may not be as good at spotting the pass but his range of passing is just as good, hes more mobile wins the ball more and drives the team foward.

    Even without Longstaff Shelvey cant get in the side because he doesnt work hard enough doesnt get involved enough and has a suspect attitude, it’s his fault, its numerous things not one!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #71

    Play the games at Gateshead

    Cracking place to go for a while

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #72

    70k …the Wembley of the North?

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #73

    Any links for Man Utd v Barca gentlemen?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #75

    What I would say about Shelvey is when hes on the field teams seem to be able to play through us in the middle whereas when Hayden and Ki played against Leicester they eventually ran out of ideas because they squeezed Ndidi and Tielemans for the whole game !

    When we are on the ball no one works harder than Shelvey to get space but when it comes to defending and getting back into position hes like he is walking through treacle! The Watford game where he didn’t even follow the guy in for a free header was a good example of that Hayden or Longstaff would have stopped that goal!

    Ashley would never sanction it but we should sell Shelvey and get Juan Mata on a free transfer !! Or Mooy from Huddersfield the quality would be replaced on the ball but the work rate would be much much better !

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #76


    I like Shelvey but wonder whether as Rafa’s team evolves and Longstaff has emerged as a genuine PL prospect if his star is on the wane and he may be on Rafa’s list of Swaps.

    He was vital to Rafa’s system before we had ball playing centre halfs in Lejeune and Schar and he had to drop deep tactically to exploit his passing range in a 4231. The long passing side of his game perhaps isn’t so vital now and he could certainly play further up pitch as he has elsewhere and more box to box. Not sure if this was Rafa simply making best use of players he inherited to get out of Championsip and stay up or an intregral part of his longer term design.

    Not sure either if Rafa in looking at Longstaff and KI and with likes of Brooks being mentioned for next season could think this summer could be optimum time to cash in on him.

    Wheeling and dealing and not simply selling for the sake of it has to be the motivation though and again could be an indication of where we are heading

  • Online Guy

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #77

    The bloke that come up with the plan to extend St’James’ park sez your
    Just need someone who is a visionary , well , his plan looks cockeyed and all over the shop .

    No need to cause any disruption or turn the pitch 90° .

    How’s this for visionary .

    Extend the Gallowgate in line with the 2 already developed stands and stick 2 new tiers on the East stand right along the terrace, how I hear you ask ? .. put those 2 new tiers on massive hydraulic rams , put them up on Match days, down through the week ..preserving any rules on light and transgression on to Leazes terrace .. Job done ..no disruption and should cost as much as Rainbow bridge to raise and lower . £1.50 .

    75 thousand. Simple.

    Visionary ? ..knaa , just a Gadgee.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #78

    Dave D ………. Ta very much.

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #80

    Bournemouth just denied a clear penalty
    Colin’s whining has clearly had an effect


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