Jonjo Shelvey kept his place yesterday against Manchester City despite Sean Longstaff being available after his 3 match ban had ended. Steve Bruce stuck with the enigmatic 27-year-old, and it proved to be the right move as he put in a shift that culminated in a wonderful 88th-minute strike to rescue a point for the Magpies.
With Jonjo, it’s a bit of a mystery what you are going to get at times. Though he has improved his performances since coming into the team for the win at West Ham.
The London-born midfielder has long spoken of his desire to stay at Newcastle. With his contract having just over 18 months to run, he is one of many Magpies in line for a new contract.
It’s still not a certainty that Jonjo will be offered a new deal. Last month, there was a report that Jonjo was next in line to get his extension. However, there’s been no more talk of any progress on that front for Newcastle.
After his timely performance yesterday, Shelvey again reiterated his desire to remain at Newcastle. The Chronicle have published some comments from Jonjo about extending his stay in the North East:
“At the end of the day, I’m playing for a new contract now. I want to stay here, and hopefully a contract will be sorted.
“The kids love it up here – they’ve got their friends here.”
There’s just so much work to do for Newcastle to get some of this squad on new deals. A few, including two standouts yesterday in Federico Fernandez and Javier Manquillo, have just six months remaining on their contracts. Matty Longstaff is another who can leave on a free in the summer.
Then there is a bunch whose deals run out in 2021. One of those is Jonjo Shelvey but there’s also Fabian Schar, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, and Freddie Woodman to name a few.
It’s vital that Lee Charnley gets some of these players tied up long term. We just hope he has it in him to get it done before it’s too late.