Jonjo Shelvey returned from suspension on Sunday, having served a three match ban.

Left on the bench though, the midfielder was given a game for the Newcastle United reserves (Under 23s) on Monday night at St James Park.

As well as making the first Newcastle goal in a 2-2 draw, Jonjo Shelvey almost produced a stunning strike of his own.

Getting possession 10 yards inside his own half, the midfielder unleashed a stunning long-range effort.

The Norwich keeper was frantically struggling to get back on his line but slipped in the process, so he could only watch as the ball sailed over his head and…just went wide of the post!

A great effort though and you can have a look at it below.

The Mag – Earlier Today (12 September 2017):

Rafa Benitez is set to return to the training ground this morning and he will have Jonjo Shelvey back in his thoughts.

The midfielder was left on the bench on Sunday despite returning from suspension.

Rafa Benitez predictably changed very little, having being absent all week as he recovered from surgery – Gamez came in for the injured Mbemba and the only unforced change was Jacob Murphy given a run out on the left instead of Christian Atsu.

There is the potential this week for the United boss to work on bringing Shelvey back into the team but possibly in a slightly different position/formation – because whilst the team overall did well, some individuals in particular, Ayoze Perez was yet again anonymous in that number 10 role.

Jonjo Shelvey did everything asked of his last night, putting in a committed performance for the Under 23s in front of a sparse 662 spectators at St James Park.

The former Liverpool and Swansea player set the opening goal for Luke Charman on 10 minutes, with then Macauley Gillesphey adding a second only two minutes later.

The highlight of his performance though was probably another long-range special from his own half, only going narrowly wide of the Norwich goal.

Shelvey ended up playing all of the 90 minutes, as after Aarons and Sterry were replaced at half-time, Curtis Good then picked up his latest injury and was forced off in the second-half before Jonjo Shelvey could be subbed as planned.

Definitely a big positive for Rafa Benitez now having a few more options with the likes of Shelvey, Lejeune and Yedlin returning to availability, even if it was just to have them in reserve on the bench on Sunday.

Norwich scored two late goals last night to slightly spoil the, low key, party but for Newcastle fans the main thing was that Jonjo Shelvey got the 90 minutes under his belt and will be that little bit more ready if called upon on Saturday when Stoke visit.

Peter Beardsley:

“It was great for them to have 90 minutes with Jonjo Shelvey.

“We intended to take him off but unfortunately Curtis (Good) got a groin strain.

“In terms of the way he was around the group, he was top class.

“That was a big bonus for them.”

Newcastle United Under 23s 2 Norwich City Under 23s 2

Newcastle United: Woodman; Sterry (O’Connor 46), Good (Yarney 72), Gillesphey, Cameron, Barlaser, Shelvey, Roberts, L Smith, Aarons (Fernandez 46), Charman

  • Soldier

    A class player with an attitude problem but i`m sure Rafa would have bent his ear.
    hope he starts on Saturday as I expect Stoke to be a hard game

    • Biggs Darklighter

      Every game will be a hard game.

      Unless we get the mackems in the FA cup

  • Steve Pearce

    So is Rafa going to play both him and Merino? Merino in a forward position with Shelvey in his usual place. Could be interesting, but who would miss out? I’d drop Perez for one game just to see how this works,

    • Clarko

      I don’t think the formation is going to change any time soon, if played together I would imagine Hayden being the one to miss out.

      Merino (naturally a CDM, has played at CB) is a more defensive player than Shelvey, based on that it’s not logical to suggest Merino playing in a more forward role than Shelvey (who has played 57 games at CAM).

      With Hayden playing poorly at Swansea we may see Shelvey and Merino start together in the centre of midfield against Stoke.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        A logical conclusion Spock

    • Biggs Darklighter

      I’d say more likely to replace Perez with Shelvey in a straight swap. If he doesn’t do that he will rotate merino and shelvey

  • Andy Mac

    The one good thing from Gonzo’s stupid foul on Ali is now he realises he’s not No 1 CMF. He’s old enough and should be mature enough now to accept he’s got a challenge on his hands. How he adapts to that challenge is down to him

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      who says he isn`t, you ? Rafa was never going to start him against Swansea he only had 48mins on the field i presume he played last night to up his fitness level
      anyway Merino has had a couple of very good games Shelvey has had over 50 for Newcastle

      • Andy Mac

        Whoa MMM hold your gums from flapping. I’ve just written on the Chron that Rafa chose to ignore Shelvey in those last six games in the PL (when we went undefeated). Yet he chose Tiote and COLBACK to perform the midfield roles instead.

        I’m guessing here but I think JJ has some sort of inferiority complex when playing against better players than him ? Unfortunately that would be almost every other game in the PL and I’m wondering if the Championship isnt his best environment ?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          you must be kidding he`s a lot fitter than he was & he`s 1 of our top 2 players

  • Geordiegiants

    Jonjo is a class act, his record is not as bad as made out. He is a first choice player for us every time for me.