Danny Murphy was at a loss for what he was seeing at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.
The BBC Sport pundit watching as Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-1.
It wasn’t the defeat for Newcastle that he struggled to explain…
Instead, Danny Murphy refuses to believe how Jonjo Shelvey can’t get in this Newcastle team.
The BBC pundit commenting: ‘It won’t be long before Jonjo Shelvey gets the hump. If he can’t get in this Newcastle team, I’m watching different football. I really am.’
Shelvey was dropped to the bench at West Brom but fair to say that Newcastle fans were stunned when Rafa went with Mohamed Diame ahead of Shelvey at Stamford Bridge.
Diame wasn’t even first choice in the Championship, yet Rafa went with him to do a job at Stamford Bridge.
Danny Murphy talking to BBC Sport during Chelsea 3 Newcastle 1:
“It won’t be long before Jonjo Shelvey gets the hump. If he can’t get in this Newcastle team, I’m watching different football. I really am.
(Any way back for Newcastle?)
“It’s unlikely but they (Newcastle) have got to commit more men forward from wider positions and the middle of the park. We’ll see if they’ve got the confidence to do that. It’s very difficult against a good team.
“Have you got enough match winners in the side for Newcastle? You have got one (Shelvey) on the bench and I can’t even see him warming up to be fair.”
With Newcastle 2-1 down it was defensive midfielder Isaac Hayden who replaced attacking midfielder Ayoze Perez, then only once it got to 3-1 and the game was lost, did Jonjo Shelvey finally get the final 15 minutes with the game already over as a contest.
Thoughts now turn to Leicester at home next Saturday and if Rafa once again leaves Shelvey on the bench, maybe both parties will start to think that a January departure might be better for both player and club.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 3 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Gayle 12
Chelsea: Hazard 21, 74 Morata 33
Possession was Chelsea 66% Newcastle 34%
Total shots were Chelsea 23 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Chelsea 9 Newcastle 2
Corners were Chelsea 11 Newcastle 4
Referee: Kevin Friend
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Lejeune, Mbemba, Ritchie, Diame (Shelvey 75), Merino (Yedlin 85), Murphy, Perez (Hayden 62), Gayle
Elliot, Joselu, Mitrovic, Aarons
Crowd: 41,538 (Newcastle 3,000)
(Alan Shearer gives honest assessment on Chelsea defeat HERE)
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