Jonjo Shelvey has not been too happy this year because he’s found it hard to get playing time in the Newcastle engine room.
First of all, it was Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff nailing down the starting positions in December with some stellar performances from both players.
But even when Sean was injured and was out for the season with a knee injury, Jonjo still found it difficult to get playing time.
Rafa Benitez started Jonjo yesterday at Fulham in our final game of the season, and the England International quickly ensured Newcastle were 2-0 after just 11 minutes.
Shelvey scored our first goal a superb drive from a Matt Richie corner and then just two minutes later it was that man Perez scoring again.
That was Jonjo’s first goal of the season and Fulham manager and former Newcastle midfielder has called it world-class – don’t just take it from me.
Jonjo Shelvey – after scoring world-class goal after 9 minutes – his celebrations were a joy to watch!
But Jonjo deserved to be our Man of the Match and his celebrations following his goal brought out all his frustrations but the fans still love this lad.
He just wants to play in every single game – not unlike what the great Alan Shearer wanted to do in his career – but sometimes Jonjo wants to come back too early from injury and that doesn’t help him.
Anyway, hearty congratulations go out to Jonjo for a great comeback to the first team yesterday.
Second in the voting was one of our star players of the season – Fabian Schar – and Fabian got his 4th goal of the season after 61 minutes – and ended up 3rd top scorer behind Perez (13) and Rondon (12).
Schar epitomizes the fight and spirit in this courageous Rafa team.
And last but not least, Rondon is next in the voting and he showed what an excellent center-forward he is in holding up the play – very like a certain Alan Shearer.
Salmon scored right at the death – it took two attempts- but he finally blasted the ball home after 90 minutes for his 12th goal of the season and his 11th league goal – his most he’s ever scored in the Premier League.
Rondon is extremely popular with the fans and we hope Mike Ashley will be using some common sense and sign this man up – if Rafa wants him this summer.
A master-class from Rafa yesterday regarding the game plan – and brilliantly executed by the lads.
You cannot ask for more than that.
And we won’t.