Jonjo Shelvey has found the perfect stage according to his one-time manager Garry Monk (pictured above).
The former Swansea boss thinks that the key to the midfielder is his motivation and that the bigger stage of Newcastle United and fifty thousand fans putting their expectations on the player, will suit Jonjo Shelvey down to the ground.
Monk says the former Liverpool and Swansea player needs to feel ‘importance’ and that Newcastle will almost certainly give him that.
So often at Newcastle we see players falling into one of two camps, there are those who thrive on playing in front of fifty thousand fans and the intensity of Newcastle United, then there are the others who don’t. Often ability isn’t the main factor, as plenty of players have arrived at St James Park with great CVs and flopped, whilst others with clearly less ability play above themselves.
Obviously the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Les Ferdinand and others took it in their stride, while others with less ability such as Kevin Nolan, John Beresford and David Kelly were the same.
In more modern times, Yohan Cabaye and Chancel Mbemba are two who obviously had few problems adapting to Newcastle, but a whole series of duds in recent years have struggled. I will leave you to make up your own list…
Speaking to Sky Sports, Garry Monk had this to say about Jonjo Shelvey:
“I am sure that going to a club like Newcastle, in front of that many fans and that type of club, will suit him.
“A lot of it with Jonjo is to do with motivation.
“He needs to be performing every single week, to feel importance as a player – Newcastle will probably give him that.
“It will be interesting to see and I am sure he will go there and do well.”
Now the dust has settled, I think this is a classic case of a player and a club parting company and it being the best for both parties.
Newcastle have had two excellent home wins and Shelvey man of the match in both, though maybe the less said the better about the two away games in between, for both Shelvey and his team-mates.
However, six points from 12 is still a massive lift and little doubt it would have been bad news in these four games if Shelvey hadn’t been playing.
As for Swansea, they haven’t looked back since Jonjo Shelvey left, though a new manager has clearly done no harm either.
Shelvey’s final game for Swansea was an embarrassing FA Cup defeat to League Two Oxford, the Swans picking up one win in twelve before the player moved to Tyneside.
After they parted company, Swansea are unbeaten and have won two and drawn two, picking up eight points from twelve and lifted themselves four points above the relegation zone.
I wonder where the two clubs would be now if the move hadn’t come off…?