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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

  • Tsunki

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #161

    Rob if shelvey is half the pro he should be he will not only find his way into the team again but end up being one of the first picks. FACT!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #162

    Don’t worry. Rafa won’t be here to sell shelvey. Our new manager Tony Pulis will give shelvey a fresh start and be integral for us again.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #163

    On this shelvey issue, I remember the second half of last year he was more than a deep playmaker especially when lejeune was in the team. Both him and diame took turns to stay deep or press and go forward. A lot of the highlights from our good run end of last season did have shelvey picking out the runners but he did show he could be more dynamic and do a box to box role, similar to what our current cms are doing.

    Butt it could also be said that he was highly motivated last season with genuine calls of England etc so maybe he might not be able to play to his best if he’s not suitably motivated like that. Regardless, I’d like to see him in a team with schar (unfortunately lejeuene is out now) behind and almiron and Perez in front.

    He’s had a few subs, one v Huddersfield where I thought he was great, another where I recall his did well but cant remember the team and then v palace where I thought he was poor. But theyare sub appearances, difficult to look into too much and difficult to make an impact.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #164

    Tsunki “if shelvey is half the pro he should be” – isn’t that really the point? Shelvey’s professionalism shouldn’t be up for debate at this stage of his career. Given his talent and experience, he should be indispensable, Mr Reliable. That he isn’t yet is probably what weighs most heavily on Rafa’s mind when he contemplates his team every week.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #165


    Shelvey did well when he came on against Everton

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #166

    Think that was the team I couldn’t recall.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 17, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #167

    I was watching ajax earlier rather than Man Utd Barca schooling. Real shame the Ajax team will be ripped apart this summer. Over the last few years we had links to ziyech (never going to happen now lol) and neres was someone I suggested a few years ago as a potential good signing. At least until my last strands of ambition and hope in the transfer market were squashed.

    It’s so good to see a young team like this playing the way they’re doing and against the teams they’re doing it against. Safe to say I’m rooting for them to win it.

  • one fine day

    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #168

    ronaldo aarons
    Agree would much prefer to see ajax win it than even the English sides left.
    Always wished we could have modeled our set up on the ajax way and the ethos about playing good football and the way kids from 12 to the the first team play the same systems so are much more equipped to set uip when needed
    Think if rafa gets his way (50/50 ) and gets what he wants we could have the benefits long after he has gone.i can dream …

    Would be the equivalent of Leicester winning the prem and it would be class to see the big boys realist you cant just buy the champions league

  • one fine day

    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #169

    saying that i just get this horrible feeling spurs might do it ….spanking new stadium and a big pot in the new trophy room ….whats not to hate 🙂 ?

  • one fine day

    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #170


    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #161
    Don’t worry. Rafa won’t be here to sell shelvey. Our new manager Tony Pulis will give shelvey a fresh start and be integral for us again.

    I know he isn’t having his best season but i don’t think shelvey will want to drop down to league one if you miss the playoffs,come to think of it even pulis has a limit as to how low he will go too 🙂

  • cyprus

    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #171

    On Barcelona: wow.

    On Cardiff: they do have a chance (!), as Brighton won’t be getting more than 36-37, given their fixtures. Nothing to do with us, their little scrap (I hope!)

    On Shelvey (‘confirmation bias’ alert and respect to the opposite position!): Not mobile enough, outstanding Hollywood pass but little else of note, as Rafa’s judgement confirms. Can he score? Can he take a free kick which ends up in the lower stands? Can he tackle without fouling? Can he control his frustration? Can he dominate a MF? Can he take us to the next level?

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #172

    So looking like Cardiff or Brighton realistically, they both have pretty horrendous run-ins.

    20 April: Wolves (away) Lose
    23 April: Tottenham (away) Lose
    27 April: Newcastle (home) Draw
    4 May: Arsenal (away) Lose
    12 May: Man City (home) Lose
    1 point

    21 April: Liverpool (home) Lose
    27 April: Fulham (away) Win
    4 May: Crystal Palace (home) Win
    12 May: Man Utd (away) Lose

    Weirdly i think that Cardiff have the better chance of staying up, they seem to have some momentum behind them whereas Brighton have lost the plot, (my predictions above).

  • cyprus

    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #173

    One fine,
    Model the Ajax way? Build teams, sell best players, repeat? Don’t know any Ajax fans but I suspect they’ll be very frustrated individuals.

    Best of luck to them. But who can stop Barcelona? Maybe only Pep.

  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #174

    Man City have the ideal playing style to win the CL
    My perfect end to the season:-

    Newcastle 11th
    Liverpool PL champions
    Man City CL
    Man U to lose the rest of their games
    Watford to win FA cup
    Sunlun to lose the rest of their games

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #175

    Magscar good point yesterday re fan paranoia on here and far too much concern about PR interference.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #176

    I see some tool on espn said rafa will roll over for Liverpool to help them win the league. Daft muppet. Either way City will win it.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #177

    The thought of spurs winning the CL. And the fancy stadium. Barf.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #178

    I’d love citeh to win the quadruple – never been done before and records are there to be broken.

    Really don’t like the bindippers, so hopefully we can beat them so citeh win the League.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #179

    I don’t like either Mickey but hearing scousers bleating on when they lose it wud be fun. As a club they are a fantastic institution. As a fan base… That accent… 🙁

  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #180

    That accent… mixture of Welsh and Irish
    they reckon

  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #181

    I don’t particularly like the dippers
    but I’m a big fan of Kloppfussball

  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #182

    “We speak with an accent exceedingly rare
    If you want a cathedral we’ve got one to spare”

    Maybe they could send Paddy’s Wigwam to Paris

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 17, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #183

    You three are a right pair if ever I saw one.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #184

    Job I read before that the accent was an Irish influence on the local dialect and accent. If so at least we partly paid you back for all the shit you poms gave us :). Alrice lá?

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #185

    Oh wonderful Betty is back to educate me about Irish sport. Balloon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #186

    I didn’t realise you were Australian Munster?

  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #187

    News this morning
    Ritchie not offered contract extension
    Rafa likely to move him on in summer
    Fulham want Dwight Gayle , swap plus
    cash for Tom Cairney.

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