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Stats And Contract Details Reveal Importance Of Playmaker To Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey’s return from his hamstring injury last week coincided with Bruce’s tactical change. The success of the formation, along with the presence of the playmaker, has provided Newcastle a boost to their attack.

The 28-year-old is ranked second in the club with 5 goals, just recently pipped by Miguel Almiron for the overall lead. The Athletic’s Chris Waugh has also cited some other statistics that show the importance of Shelvey to this year’s team.

Of Newcastle’s five midfielders, Shelvey has created twice as many chances as any of the others. His passes that end in the opposition third is also double that of Sean Longstaff, who ranks second.

Similarly to Allan Saint-Maximin, when Jonjo is on the pitch, Newcastle win more and score more. Newcastle average 1.4 points per game when Shelvey plays compared to 1 when he doesn’t. We also almost double our scoring average from .6 to 1.1 goals per game with Shelvey in the team.

On Friday, the club announced that both Jonjo and Matt Ritchie have extended their deals to 2023. This will keep both players at the club into their early 30s.

Chris Waugh reveals that sources have told him Newcastle have an option to add another year to Shelvey’s deal. He also says that it is not likely Shelvey accepted a pay cut to his over £70k/week wages.

Newcastle seems to have softened its strict stance on contract renewals with players approaching or past the age of 30. Hopefully, they’ll do the same with Matty Longstaff and get his Newcastle future secured as well.

We need to keep our leaders and promising youngsters at the club. Then add some quality this summer to push the team forward.

13 comments so far

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Coming home

    From previous.

    You can look at the Bruce appointment either way.

    If he’d been the only target at all then it shows that those in charge have learned nothing and that a poor manager with an awful PL record is the highest they will aim for.


    The powers that be tried to get others away from the usual let’s just get anyone cheap and clueless, but they got refused because people could see it wasn’t a good job to take and rightly turned it down.

    We are absolutely the only PL club that would’ve employed Bruce as his track record is appalling. But he is what we have and he’s not doing as badly as I expected, I thought we’d be down by Easter.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Good to hear but also suspicious that Ashley and Charnley are happier paying a continued level of wages rather than trying to replace a player with a more expensive model that costs millions to buy and has higher running costs.

    Cynical view ?
    Looks like it until the ownership of the club changes for the better.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3


    There are few WUMs on here mate.

    I just don’t don’t see the point in dragging out the rows or to use social media parlance feeding the trolls.

    Maybe I’m just an oddball.

  • coming home

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4


    Totally agree I am really hoping brucey succeed’s as I do like him but I just cant see it I just think he has been lucky with the points total.

    On his appointment we know he wasn’t first choice as fat same went on t.v and said he turned the job down. I think bruce was appointed out of desperation.

  • hibbit

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    i agree mate i just found it so amusing that the two biggest ones ended up having a spat on here last night 😉

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Coming home

    That’s exactly it, Bruce was appointed out of desperation, he wasn’t anything like first choice, that in itself is a tiny step away from the usual let’s just appoint any muppet.

    It is of course far too little, far too late. I can’t think of a single thing that our hideous owner could do to please the fan base other than selling the club.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7


    Yes it was certainly entertaining.

    I just tend to imagine the angry rants as being delivered by seagulls it adds an air of humour to it all.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Me I would take Rafa all day as someone who had a vision for the Toon and not just AshLie,s agenda of 1 place above the drop zone as a successful season.
    Cabbage heed has that as his target as well.
    But we are in quarter finals of the cup has to be good.
    1st time in 14 years .Wtf.

  • coming home

    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9


    Rafa viewed it as a project bruce as a job

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    The thing is with the keeper and defence we have with the pace of ASM and Almiron if we had a quality striker up front in the Vardy/Defoe in his peak mould we would have been knocking down the door of europe even with Bruce in charge this season!

    Always end up a few players short of a quality team under Ashley we either have quality up front like Demba Ba and Remy coupled with Williamson and Taylor at the back or we now have a really solid base and no one to finish the chances off

  • Just a fan

    Mar 9, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Anybody know when the sale of cup tickets will be announced.
    I missed it last time . couldn’t get my seat and ended up in level seven.
    140 odd steps. I was knackered.

  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 9, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    i was thinking ASM and Almiron and Joelinton would all be worth a lot more if we hadnt parked the bus all season. of course thats hypothetical. its possible theyd have scored less goals if wed had an attacking manager. joe is now worth 10, i think hed be worth 20 under a half decent boss. ASM worth 35. hed be worth 60 if hed been playing higher up the pitch. almiron similar. longstaff could be wortg 30 plus under an.attacking manager. schar has probably dropped ten million. its largely dubravka whos gained 10-15m and the grafters like clark have went up from 3m to 4m.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 9, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Coming Home / Stan
    Wouldn’t it be great to have a progressive owner and an ambitious coach who were trying to make Newcastle the best it could be rather than be content just to be in the premier league?


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