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The Richard Keys verdict on Newcastle United, West Ham and Jonjo Shelvey

5 years ago

Richard Keys says that he enjoyed watching Newcastle United beat West Ham because ‘Jonjo Shelvey was so good’.

Andy Gray’s partner in crime praise Steve McClaren for recognising the midfielder’s talent and getting Mike Ashley to allow the money to be paid.

As for Shelvey and Swansea, Richard Keys claims that his information is that the player became unhappy when Garry Monk was sacked as manager.

The beIN Sports presenter thinks Newcastle have got ‘a gem’ if they can successfully get him ‘concentrating on his football’.

As for West Ham, it sounds like he has been winding up their fans by sticking up for Sam Allardyce, telling them to be ‘careful what you wish for’ after they’d celebrated the fat oaf’s departure.

Richard Keys points out that West Ham currently have a point less than they had at this stage last season but he fails to add that Sunderland and Allardyce are in the relegation zone…

Richard Keys writing on his blog:

‘I enjoyed watching Newcastle’s win, not because it was over West Ham, but because Jonjo Shelvey was so good. He struck a blow for those who still are prepared to back their judgement as opposed to a raft of stats.

Steve McLaren knows Shelvey to be a talent. He wanted him. He got a price and he paid it. Done. I think Shelvey is a talent as well. So did Brendan Rodgers, who wanted to make him his No.10 at Liverpool. Do you remember him saying so in that infamous documentary?

I’m led to believe Shelvey fell out of favour at Swansea for letting it be known he wasn’t happy about Garry Monk’s sacking. Whatever the reason, Newcastle have got a gem, if they can keep him concentrating on his football. What a ball that was for the 2nd goal.

Regarding West Ham. Yes, I warned supporters about being ‘careful what you wish for’ when Big Sam left the club. I stand by that statement, but so far so good for Slaven Bilic. I like him.

He’s doing a terrific job, although the Hammers are once again a point behind their haul at this same stage last season! I only started the in-going comparisons with West Ham fans because of the hysteria over their start. Let’s call a truce and visit this subject again at the end of the season.’


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