Jonjo Shelvey on his day, Newcastle United’s best player, the cultured nature of the way he dictates the tempo of the game, and a long ball the likes NUFC haven’t seen in a long time. Then there’s the ‘but’.
The 26-year-old signed from Swansea for £12m in January of 2016, and started off with a debut that rocked St. James’ Park. Shelvey’s performance in a 2-1 victory where he was involved in both goals set the groundwork for the survival push.
As time has passed in the Premier League this season, the flaws in the midfielders game have been exposed. Most particularly his ill-discipline. The six-time capped midfielder has amassed a total of 28 yellow cards in the Premier League, and 4 red cards.
More importantly however, the timing and nature of these offences is what polarises fans so radically surrounding the midfielder. Shelvey’s red card against Spurs is still ripe in the minds of many fans, as well as his dismissal against Everton.
Both of the aforementioned were senseless and unnecessary in games that could have ended on a more positive note for the Magpies. Away from dismissals, the playmaker has received numerous silly yellow cards, which affect the game in a more indirect way.
Shelvey’s poor decisions often forcing a more cautious play style in games where Rafa’s plan was to be more of an active presence in the game.
Newcastle have shown that depth in the squad is not something that Rafa has in is arsenal. A multiple match ban is something that guaranteed starter Shelvey is no stranger to, especially with some games looking like all the side needed was a touch of ability, which Shelvey definitely possesses.
The main question raised recently with the transfer window rolling around, a seemingly severe lack of money, and a decent amount of interest in the transfer is whether Shelvey should be allowed to leave in order to free up funds for Benitez to use as the clock ticks on this January.
Patience is wearing thin for Shelvey on Tyneside and maybe the best thing for both him and the club alike is to move on.
Considering the cash-strapped Magpies are yet to make a permanent signing this window, it may what the club needs to kick start its transfer activity. Regardless, the loan capture of Chelsea’s Kenedy is an encouraging one.
General consensus shows that a decent percentage of fans would be happy to see the back of Shelvey, should it mean that funds become available for Rafa to spend.
What do you think? Would you be happy to see arguably Newcastle’s best player in Shelvey leave in this transfer window?