Jonjo Shelvey says that he knows that Yohan Cabaye was loved by the Newcastle fans and he hopes he can ‘follow his path’…but do it better.
The January signing has already helped Newcastle earn six points that they arguably might not have otherwise got, certainly the win over West Ham was massively down to him on his debut.
Also, it was he who unlocked an ultra negative West Brom for the only goal of the game via Aleksandar Mitrovic, so it is in the balance whether United would have scored otherwise, though to be fair it is unlikely West Brom would have scored if they were still playing now.
Jonjo Shelvey says that he is a winner and somebody who has been brought up not to finish in second place. With United desperately short of leaders then it can only help the more players that they have who are so driven.
Seventeenth place, never mind second, looks quite inviting at the minute and he says he has a concealed anger which he believes is necessary as part of that drive to make anybody a successful footballer.
Shelvey says it is that anger which gives him the impetus when he steps ‘over the white line’.
However, like many figures in the public spotlight, Jonjo Shelvey claims to be the opposite off the pitch.
The midfielder saying that he is shy and relies on a close bunch of friends, with Shelvey saying that some people get the wrong end of the stick because they think he has a bad attitude, partly due to his quiet and introspective nature.
Taking the bother to watch the reserves play on Monday night is a small pointer to somebody who hopefully is solely focussed on the job, rather than all the modern day add-ons that come with your stereotypical modern day football player.
However, it is only on the pitch we will judge him and like his team-mates it has been two good and two bad, with so far Jonjo Shelevey unable to solve Newcastle’s shocking away form just yet.
A creditable personal/team display at Stamford Bridge today, regardless of the final score, will hopefully point towards better times ahead for both Shelvey and his new club.
Jonjo Shelvey talking to the club’s official media partner The Mirror:
“I don’t let people in straight away. I have got a close bunch of mates. I don’t associate apart from with my mates.
“I am quite shy when you first meet me but when I get to know someone you can’t shut me up. There is a lot that goes around saying I’ve got a bad attitude and all that – but I don’t think that until you know someone you can judge people like that.
“I wouldn’t be the same player if I didn’t have that anger, I never want to lose the anger. I think you have to have it to be a footballer. You need it to win.
“As soon as I go over the white line I want to win. I have been brought up to be a winner – I don’t want to be in second place.
“That is what my dad drummed into me and brought me up with. I have to control myself and not be the player who loses it straight away. I have to bite my tongue.”
“I want to be myself. I played against him (Yohan Cabaye) numerous times and he is exceptional – but I am myself.
“What he did here was fantastic. If I can do that here and do it better, fantastic. I know he was loved by the fans and hopefully I can follow his path.”