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NUFC Midfielder Putting In ‘Off The Scale’ Training Performances During Lockdown


Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie penned new deals on March 6th, keeping them at Newcastle until 2023. Though that was just over two months ago, it seems like another time and age.

For all intents and purposes, it was. Newcastle defeated Southampton 1-0 the following day. That was the last time we saw the lads play. It could also have been the final game of the Ashley era.

Both Ritchie and Shelvey have given interviews to the Newcastle website recently. Ritchie spoke out a week ago as he revealed what life was like during the lockdown.

However, this past week it was Shelvey’s turn. The 28-year-old maintains that he has not been idle while under quarantine.

This is what the midfielder told nufc.co.uk about keeping fit over the past few months.

“I’m probably even fitter now than when lockdown started. I’ve been training three times a day.

“We all get watches and it downloads automatically onto the club’s system and shows what you’ve been doing.

“As a footballer, you can’t get away with not putting the work in. If you’re overweight, you get fined.

“You also don’t want to be the one who falls behind in the running. It’s important you stay on top of that.

“I’ve seen a few of the lads out running but you have to keep a social distance so we just nod and wave at each other.

“Everyone’s doing ok but we’re looking forward to seeing everyone once it’s safe to do so.”

Apparently, that’s not lip service from the playmaker. The Daily Star is revealing that Newcastle are astonished at the fitness data Shelvey is downloading.

According to sources, Shelvey’s is off the charts. This is what the Star reports:

The squad are having to send in data on a daily basis to the club’s sports science team – and Shelvey’s figures are off the scale, according to a club insider.

The 28-year-old has a gym and a mini-football pitch at his Northumberland home where he has been training with his brother in law whose family are self-isolating with the family.

Shelvey has matured immensely over the past few seasons. He’s grown into a leader and was the stand-in captain when Jamaal Lascelles went down with his knee injury against Bournemouth in November.

If Newcastle are taken over by the Saudi-backed consortium, Shelvey will face more battles to keep his place. He seems more than up for that challenge.


42 comments so far

  • count

    May 10, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #1

    People who say no conspiracy exists because “it’s a conspiracy theory” are so fckn inane. Bore off.

    4
  • the crown princes nashers

    May 10, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #2

    who invented the word conspiracy count ???? wouldnt be the cia would it

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  • fairscup

    May 10, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #3

    The Prince’s Mate
    May 9, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    READ THIS PAL AND DO TRY TO KEEP UP
    Or would you like to ask THE MAJORITY OF TODAY’S POSTERS the same question.

    Bobbybee
    Mar 17, 2020 at 4:40 PM
    Comment #26

    You muppets are so out of the loop it’s comical. Tin foil hat? You’re the mugs believing the conspiracy theory, not me. Pandemic? How long has it been in America? How many dead? Ditto Britain?
    The panic is deliberate. Its going to get worse because they want it to. They want the streets clear. They don’t want want resistance from ill informed people when the arrests start across the globe. Some have already been detained. These arrests will involve royalty, Hollywood perverts, CEO’S of big business, sports stars, singers, politicians, former presidents and prime ministers.
    Oh how you’ll laugh, because frankly, you haven’t a clue. Not your fault granted, if you believe MSM BS – and you do.

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  • Genjikai

    May 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Thanks for all the kind words guys.
    Been working loads at minute and
    I got ill 2 weeks ago, very hot, proper bad throat lay in bed for 3 days.
    Got tested for covid negative.
    My lass got tested with me as she works with me now, it came back unclear. We had to take a second test.
    Shes been constantly being sick thought what the hell…. the rest will be history.

    Tunski ( the hit man and her?) Aye i feel sorry for them already if they are anything like me they are in for one hell of a ride.
    Carltoon i cant believe ill have someone else to hold the other end of the banner!

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  • Reilly

    May 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #5

    NUFC 360
    @NUFC360
    ·
    34s
    RB Leipzig head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is being considered as a possible Director of Football for the new regime at St. James’s Park. #nufc [Duncan Castles]

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #6

    It will be very interesting to see what players we bring in with the new owners and what sort of midfielder will keep Jonjo out of the team. I would replace him with Jack Grealish tbh. We need a quick and consistent dribbler that likes to carry the ball forward. We haven’t got a player like that in midfield. Can Almiron play CM? And we buy another winger to cover the wing? Should be interesting to see especially considering the engine Miggy’s got.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 10, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #7

    fairscup

    well for starters I dont agree with him insulting people nothing is ever settled with them kind of insults but some I do agree with him on meaning his points about different things

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 10, 2020 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Genjikai

    do I detect a pregnancy in the air, if so congratulations to you and your good lady, when they get to 5 run for the hills as fast as your legs can carry you 🙂 joking

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  • count

    May 10, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #9

    What’s your point nashers?

    Some plots succeed, some fail. Anyone who thinks no-one has ever plotted to achieve something is just talking rubbish. More about them talking down to others than any objective observations on events.

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  • fairscup

    May 10, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Nashers – this is the post I’m referring to:

    The Prince’s Mate
    May 9, 2020 at 8:08 PM
    Comment #2
    Fairscup from previous?Fairscup@3…sorry mate but whats that, got to do with our club.??I hope ANY social misbehaviour will be pulled out of society like a bad tooth and dealt with accordingly.?But I don’t feel that has anything to do with our club? If I’m wrong please point me in the right direction

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  • JDdubai

    May 10, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Reilly

    Think that tweet has since been deleted.

    however he is exactly the person id go for – Leipzig, and the wider RB company, have been consistent in recruiting the best young players in europe – with his contacts and our budget, it would be the best choice for us imo.

    Add in the coincidence that he worked for Pochettino at Soton and Spurs…….

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  • The ledge

    May 10, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    When we start to improve under a better manager I think Shelvey will be gone fairly quick Ritchie aswell .

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 10, 2020 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13

    they need english players though ledge, fair enough we could get a lot better english players but we must not forget about our players we have now or it wont look good if we dont give them a fair chance

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  • Jib

    May 10, 2020 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Paul Mitchell has worked with Mauricio Pochettino at both
    Southampton and Spurs

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  • The ledge

    May 10, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Paul Mitchell for me as well he done well at Southampton and spuds and he had levy to deal with there .
    Would tie in nicely with Poch or Nagelsmann aswell

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  • hibbit

    May 10, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Paul Mitchell is a class act and would be a huge asset to the club,

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  • fairscup

    May 10, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve got a good feeling about tomorrow (for the first time) here’s hoping.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    May 10, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Good man jonjo

    2
  • hibbit

    May 10, 2020 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Shelvey and Ritchie only got the new contracts as a reward for services the Ashley.

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  • fairscup

    May 10, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Spot on Hibbit.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 10, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21
  • The ledge

    May 10, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Tcpn…….We do need English player buy the Norwich full backs we have the longstaffs ,the captain .
    And then look at the likes of a sancho n a year or two there is plenty of English talent coming through .

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  • TomaKaThor

    May 10, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #23

    I would get rid of Ritchie and keep Shelvey for the time being, see how he can perform with better players around him ect… Same for Joelinton

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  • The ledge

    May 10, 2020 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #24

    #19 spot on .I got the same sort of thing when my company were bought out by the Goverment years ago I was on 14 an hour and my contract was changed a month before we got taken over and I ended up on 18 the boss said it was for all the years of service .

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  • Bedford Mag

    May 10, 2020 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Shelvey’s training ‘off the scale’ from the data on his watch? Maybe he’s just been moving his arm a lot during lockdown?

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  • JDdubai

    May 10, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    gnashers @21

    not for me, another who’s best days are behind him.

    Reckon you could get Aarons for the same money and with his prime ahead of him.

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  • Bedford Mag

    May 10, 2020 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #27

    There’s a lot of people on here dismissing news of transfer/takeover speculation and regarding it as just paper talk. But then believing everything they read about covid conspiracies?!

    Cherry picking at its best.

    The threat is real. I’ve lost 3 uncles + 1 in ICU currently. If you think this pandemic is made up, you’re a moron

    19
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 10, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #28

    On conspiracy theories…

    toon22 saying that the likes of me and jib were paid shills of Ashley’s PR and that every single takeover bar this one was manufactured by KBA in collusion with the press and false buyers to help season ticket sales etc., etc.,

    That ranks up there with the best of them.

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  • duncandisorderly

    May 10, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m sure that Ritchie will become a great squad player under the new management. He’s professional enough to be prepared to wait his turn, fire people up and do a shift whenever he’s called upon

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  • Scholesy

    May 10, 2020 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Tom,

    Used to live in Derby but now in Ashby-de-la-Zouch mate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #31

    “Might be best you follow me on other platforms then(winking emoji)
    That’s exactly why he’s left twitter so he brings his followers on to Instagram and gets paid I think from adverts and stuff.

    5
  • north east lincs toon

    May 10, 2020 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Richard keys on the case again,what A jealous Bellend he is

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  • fairscup

    May 10, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Too true bills.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2020 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #34

    That was quite possibly the most ironic post I’ve ever seen in my 11 years on here.
    “Hanks is going down”
    “Stfu and stop embarrassing yourself” 😮

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  • Hal

    May 10, 2020 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #35

    True Jail,

    He’s gained a ton of followrs with this takeover. Now he leaves to a platform where he can make a bit of cash on them.

    4
  • JohnReese

    May 10, 2020 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Duncandisorderly

    I’d agree with that. He’ll play anywhere he’s asked too but I think the most important thing about Ritchie, Shelvey and the likes is that they’re leaders. The last thing we want to do is cull all of our team leaders in one transfer window, won’t help at all with ingratiating new players into the team.

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  • JDdubai

    May 10, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Howay Jail, keep up buddy

    JDdubai
    May 10, 2020 at 1:53 PM

    Nah man, he just got a huge influx in twitter followers in the past month or so so will be wanting them to follow him on Insta as he will get more money from Insta with those followers thats all.

    4
  • Munster Mag

    May 10, 2020 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Billson. Give me some credit man. I was the Irish PR, got some lovely SD vouchers for Christmas and now have more Lonsdale than Madison Square Gardens. Classy.

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  • Jib

    May 10, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Aren’t there any blogs for conspiracy theorists ?

    4
  • Bedford Mag

    May 10, 2020 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40


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