Jonjo Shelvey says that even when picking up one point in nine games, Newcastle’s performances were still ‘there or thereabouts’.

Up against his former club Swansea on Saturday, the midfielder describes it as a must win for both teams.

Swansea are bottom of the table with Newcastle in 13th position, six points separating the two clubs.

With Newcastle picking up seven points from nine in three matches against relegation rivals over the festive season, Jonjo Shelvey believes that safety is in their own hands now, after pulling out of the relegation zone.

However, he wants to get safety from the drop ‘boxed off’ as soon as possible, and three points on Saturday will go some way to achieving that, as it would leave Newcastle on 25 points with 15 games remaining.

On Friday it will be two years since the day when he signed for Newcastle and Shelvey says that as soon as he heard of the interest ‘there was only one place I wanted to go’.

Jonjo Shelvey speaking to NUFC TV:

“We had a good result at Stoke away, always a tough place to go, even though they have been struggling.

“We dominated the game and should have been three or four up we thought.

“I think our performances have always been there or thereabouts but it is about turning performances into results.

“Them games (such as Luton in the FA Cup) are always potential banana skins, it would have been embarrassing if we hadn’t beaten Luton.

“I was sitting watching the draw and hopefully Norwich will go and beat Chelsea, then we will play Norwich.

“I think this (Swansea at home) is massive, a must win for them and us as well.

“There is a big expectation when playing in front of our fans and we just have to be able to deal with that.

“You want to get it (safety from relegation) boxed off, it is in our hands now because of the last few results.”

‘When you left you kind of said it would be Swansea’s loss in the end. Do you think when you look at the league position now (Swansea are six points and seven places below Newcastle), that this is proving to be the case?’

“No, I wouldn’t say that. They have lost quite a few big players.

“Listen, Swansea are a great club, great family club, the supporters work hard for the team…but as soon as I found out Newcastle were interested, there was only one place I wanted to go.

“I could never say I regret joining Newcastle.”

  • Peaky Magpie

    Well start bloody showing it week in/week out then !

    • Wor Lass

      If he got picked week in week out then maybe he would, m8!

      • Peaky Magpie

        Yes unfortunately there lies the problem.

      • Phil

        You can only be guaranteed a start of you are performing. He doesn’t do enough for me. Needs to score more goals and provide a few assists. Not much to ask from somebody with his ability

        • steve

          If he wasn’t being told to play in line with the defence he might.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Rafa or shelvey?

      • Geordiegiants


  • Wor Lass

    It was obvious from the moment he arrived that he wanted to be here. Look at what he did last summer to get himself fit as a lop for the new season. Unfortunately, he`s a bit dim in certain ways and has a red mist problem – it`s the way he`s made. He`s still a quality player and, to my mind, should be in the team every week.

  • Paul Patterson

    Owes us a performance I’m afraid..

    • Peaky Magpie

      And who better to give it against than Swansea Paul after their chairman slagged him constantly for joining us ? Pin those press cuttings up in Jonjo’s locker I say !

      • Paul Patterson

        Does that actually happen nowerdays? I hope so. I’d certainly do it if I was Rafa. Trouble is he needs to channel his ‘retribution’ into a performance and not aggressive behaviour, which I’m sceptical he can do. Here’s hoping . .

      • Alex

        Would “slagging him constantly” be called bullying these days?

        Asking for a friend……….. ;-)

        • Peaky Magpie

          Think you need Jeremy Kyle to answer that one mate 👍😉

          • Rich Lawson

            Yes,but sadly Shelvey is better looking than most of the women Kyle has on his show and needs a few facial piercings to get on the couch !

          • Damon Horner

            Shelvey? Whatever floats your boat mate!

        • Peaky Magpie

          Failing Jeremy Kyle wait for Leazes to give you the exact explanation,he’s bound to be along shortly.😂

          • 8prestondave

            Or Clarko. He is a fountain of knowledge.

          • Peaky Magpie

            He’s certainly a fountain of something !

          • Geordiegiants

            Watch he will have you in the doc with Pedro.

        • nufcslf

          Not for the bloody money they are on and could be accused of bullying 50,000 paying customer’s for the effort put into a sh*t home record for years now. World has gone as soft as shyte and a lot of ot is for the worst.

        • kingfisher

          Being follically challenged, calling him Voldemort, cue ball, chrome dome etc may be seen as bullying, but still good crack ! 🤣

  • anyobrien

    I think we will do Swansea Saturday it’s a massive game and I agree he owes us a man of the match performance to take the three points. Howay the lads.

  • Simon Ritter

    Nobody should try to second-guess the team Benitez will select. Having said that, I would not be surprised if Shelvey was on the bench this Saturday. Shelvey has undoubted ability but in my opinion he lacks mobility, pace and defensive awareness. That’s a lot for a central midfielder to overcome. As for his temperament, let’s not go there. I prefer to applaud his superb passing skills.

  • Peter Stabler

    Jonjo needs to produce more.