Newcastle United are set to move for Jonjo Shelvey in the coming days according to reports this morning.
The club’s media partner The Mirror, say that Newcastle are in the lead to sign the England international, to give some creativity to what is a barren central midfield at St James Park.
Any two of Colback, Anita and Tiote create absolutely nothing and don’t score any goals, acting more as additional defenders rather than box to box players.
Newcastle have been linked with Jonjo Shelvey regularly in the past and maybe surprisingly, the player is still only 23 years of age despite looking older and seemingly have been around for ages.
Like most of Swansea’s players he has struggled for his best form this season but certainly in the past couple of years he has been impressive when it has come to creating and scoring goals.
Left on the bench a number of times this season, Shelvey has just come back from a short spell of injury and played his part in the Welsh club’s mini unbeaten run which now stands at three after the draw at Palace yesterday when he was recalled to the first team after a couple of appearances off the bench.
With Swansea still yet to appoint a new manager, it is possible that players such as Jonjo Shelvey could be sacrificed if the new man wants transfer funds to buy his own players.
The Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins, recently was forced to come out and deny speculation that he had blamed Jonjo Shelvey as one of the main reasons for Swansea’s struggles this season, which had circulated along with claims that the midfielder would be sold in January as a result.
“In reference to the story about Jonjo Shelvey, nothing could be further from the truth.
“Since the change of manager was made, Jonjo has been totally committed to our football club, as he always has been.
“He is fully on board with us and with everything we are trying to do get things back on track. He is fully aware of our situation, and he is working with the current staff until we find the right person to come in and take over.
“He is committed to turning things around and to making sure we finish 2015 on a positive note and that we carry on like that in the second half of the season.
“I don’t know where these stories come from. It’s very disappointing that they come out and are spread around.”
Whether Jonjo Shelvey could help turn Newcastle United’s season around is a matter of opinion, but it would be very hard to see him doing any worse than the current central midfield options.