Jonjo Shelvey arrived at St James Park in January and was widely pronounced as the best signing in the winter transfer window.
Inspiring the team to six points out of six in his first two home games, it looked like the buy from Swansea was going to be a key part in hauling Newcastle away from trouble…
It is now over two months since the last win against West Brom and with six defeats from the last seven matches, it is looking bleak for Jonjo Shelvey and his new club.
However, former team-mate Jack Cork has spoken out ahead of Saturday’s match and said that there is no grudge between the Swansea players and Shelvey, saying his move was just one of those things.
Cork says he thought Jonjo Shelvey was a ‘good lad’ and always has the ability ‘to make something special happen’.
Looking from afar, the Swansea midfielder thinks that Shelvey has done ok at Newcastle with his own game but that the team are failing – a fair enough assumption.
Jack Cork speaking to the South Wales Evening Post:
“He (Jonjo Shelvey) wasn’t featuring in the team and I’m not sure if it was his decision or the club’s decision.
“He has gone to Newcastle to play and that happens a lot in football, he made his decision and you can’t really predict how it’s going to go.
“Look at the season this year – Leicester are winning the league and Chelsea have had a bad season. You can’t predict how it’s going to go when you go somewhere.
“We got on well when he was here and I think he’s done well up there on a personal level. I think everyone’s given him good reviews, it’s just a shame how results have gone.
“It’ll be nice to see him, good to play against him and it will be a good battle.
“I was fine with him, I thought he was a good lad. He has always had the ability on the ball and the talent to make something special happen.”
Jack Cork talks of Newcastle being a tough place to go, let’s hope it is on this occasion.
However, looking back, Swansea have never lost in the Premier League at St James Park and for both Swansea and Southampton, I can only see one game where Jack Cork has been on the losing side against Newcastle – the 4-2 win in February 2013 shortly after Moussa Sissoko and the other four French players to try and help survive that season.
“They’ve got a lot of pressure on them. They’re second from bottom, but it’s always a tough place to go.
“We can’t have any sympathy. It’s a big season and the higher we can finish the better for us.
“Ideally we’d like to finish in the top half of the table. I know we’ve got a lot of points to make up but it would be nice. Then it won’t look like a bad season.”