Ahead of Saturday’s game, Leighton James has once again waded into Jonjo Shelvey.
The one-time Welsh international and former Sunderland & Swansea player had a right go at Shelvey when he swapped Wales for Tyneside, making clear he didn’t rate him as a person or as a player.
With the respective positions of the two clubs now, Leighton James is laying it on thick and enjoying the midfielder and Newcastle United’s fall from grace.
James says that Jonjo Shelvey’s move was good for Swansea on and off the pitch.
The player turned pundit believing Shelvey was overvalued at £12m and that his departure has helped improve results as well for Swansea, though the appointment of a new manager only days after the player left, was clearly the turning point for the Welsh club.
Leighton James claims the transfer helped free up Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has now scored nine goals in 14 games. Sigurdsson is a class act anyway and has always looked the part against Newcastle, scoring in last season’s Swansea win at St James Park.
James taunts Shelvey as well by saying he hopes that Roy Hodgson springs a surprise by playing for England this summer as it would improve the chances of Wales in the Euros.
A bit of a fixation seemingly for Leighton James and I fancy he also still hasn’t forgotten the nasty things Newcastle fans shouted at him when he was a player…
One thing is for sure, Newcastle desperately need Jonjo Shelvey showing the form he did against West Brom and West Brom after he’d just arrived at SJP, or else United will be real longshots to get any kind of positive result on Saturday…
Leighton James talking to the South Wales Evening Post:
‘Swansea head to Newcastle this weekend where they will come face to face with their former team-mate.
I’m pretty sure I made my feelings on Shelvey clear when he was here. Let’s just say, I’m not a fan.
A £12 million move to Tyneside looks good business by Swansea to me.
Whether the lad made the right move is much more dubious. From a financial point of view, I’m sure he’s a lot better off…but from a football perspective he looks in a far worse position.
For me, Newcastle are near certainties for relegation, so Shelvey could well end up playing Championship football next season.
He left Swansea having forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad, but since switching to the North East was left out for recent friendlies against Germany and Holland.
And I can’t see any way he will be travelling to France to represent his country this summer.
But it would certainly be a boost for Wales if he featured for England when the two sides meet.
Shelvey’s departure is also a key reason why Gylfi Sigurdsson has blossomed since January.
The Icelander was being stifled by Shelvey but now has more freedom and scored his ninth goal in 14 games against Chelsea.’
(Read HERE what Swansea fans have also been saying about Jonjo Shelvey and Newcastle United)