Jonjo Shelvey has been a strange one for Newcastle United this season.
With Mike Ashley blocking any major signings in the summer, Rafa Benitez was basically left with what he had in the Championship when it came to creativity and goals for this season.
With only 16 matches remaining, Jonjo Shelvey is still to contribute a Premier League assist or goal this season.
The closest he came was when setting Joselu free against Liverpool, only for the striker to dither, and only score due to the defender kicking the ball off him.
Decent performances have been rare with Stoke on Monday one of the better ones.
Ridiculously stupid red cards against both Spurs and Everton haven’t exactly helped, nor the subsequent bans.
Only starting 11 of the 22 Premier League matches so far, the midfielder’s future is in doubt.
However, would Rafa Benitez really let Jonjo Shelvey go, when the club are in the middle of a relegation battle and desperate for creativity, with only 20 goals so far in those 22 games?
If Mike Ashley is once again refusing to back Rafa Benitez and a high offer came in for the 25 year old…then who knows.
The betting on a club for Jonjo Shelvey to sign for before 3rd February 2018 is very interesting.
With the midfielder a boyhood fan of West Ham and them being one of the few teams who are worse than Newcastle, I can see why they might be made favourites.
However, Tottenham second favourites?
I club that are looking to guarantee Champions League football and fight for trophies and who even paid £30m for a player such as Moussa Sissoko…I think their sights must surely be set higher than the Newcastle player.
The conundrum always with Jonjo Shelvey is that he is an exceptional passer of the ball but as well as doubts over other parts of his game, you also have a lack of consistency and the growing disciplinary issues.
Even Everton at joint second favourites with Tottenham is a strange one, they paid out over £140m in transfer fees last summer and no doubt Fat Sam was guaranteed money to spend this month, they also will surely be aiming higher than a risky Shelvey purchase.
Never say never with Mike Ashley and also, if Rafa desperately needs money and has no other way of generating it…then just maybe he could be sold.
The problem of course is that as you can see, every other club that features in the betting is a relegation rival of Newcastle United, so mid-season it is very hard to see Shelvey being allowed to leave. The only longshot must surely be if Rafa Benitez had a sure thing replacement he could spend the money on.
Jonjo Shelvey To Sign For Before 3rd February 2018!
2/1 West Ham
12/1 Crystal Palace
14/1 West Brom
14/1 Leicester City
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