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

6/1 Tottenham

6/1 Everton

10/1 Southampton

12/1 Crystal Palace

14/1 Stoke

14/1 West Brom

14/1 Watford

14/1 Brighton

14/1 Leicester City

All January Transfer move Specials including Jonjo Shelvey HERE

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  • Down Under Mag

    I have no problem in Shelvey being sold for the right money as long as we replace with better. We all know that will not happen though and will either be replaced by cheaper or not at all. Given our position I can’t see Rafa sanctioning this move, but we also all know Ashley will sell from underneath Rafa if he sees the money coming in to his pocket. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Ashley flog all his assets in January, then sell the club when theres no time to buy new players.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Its like a bad movie we have all read the book for already

    • Kneebotherm8

      Anybody who thinks Rafa is in control of transfers at this football club is totally deluded.

      • mentalman

        so why does he stay?

        • Kneebotherm8

          Double barrelled question that…….so are you saying
          1 He is in charge that’s why he’s still here.
          2 He’s not in charge and should have left long ago
          My opinion is that he puts targets forward to Charnley and ends up with the 3rd ,4th 5th…..choices.
          If you or anyone else believes Joselu or Manquillo were Rafas first choices then delusion has set in.

          • mentalman

            Either way if he wasn’t in charge of who gets bought or at least who the club targets then i think he would have walked, its not like we’re his last chance at a big club.

            i agree that they wouldn’t have been his first choices but they were his choices and we don’t actually know how realistic his first choices were

          • Kneebotherm8

            I think he’s only here because of the possible takeover.
            First choices? Well we all heard the names being bandied about in the summer,proper strikers and left backs names mentioned,none of which were able to be got “over the line”
            We end up with a non goalscoring forward and a right back.
            His choices were probably unrealistic in Ashleys eyes,but another owner may have seen it differently.

          • mentalman

            its virtually impossible to know what is true and what is just media tripe, the only ones i’ve seen confirmed have been the selling club saying they received an offer but the player wasn’t for sale and then there is abraham’s who chose to go somewhere boring

          • Kneebotherm8

            Bottom line is Rafa’s had no support from Ashley,who has no ambition for the club.
            Even when Pardew finished fifth Ashley did nothing to build and push on,only signing Anita.
            The only time he’s really invested was during McLarens tenure,allowing Carr to spend £75 million on players with perceived sell on value.
            I doubt McLaren had much input because we ended up with a lop sided squad that as a team wasn’t fit for purpose,short on strikers and defenders.
            At least Benitez is letting Ashley,and everyone else,know he’s being undermined,promises broken etc.
            The big picture is no ambition for the club other than to cling onto premier league status.
            Thanks for that Mike Ashley and thanks to Rafa for standing up to the lying fat twt.

    • mentalman

      would the sale go through if it had been asset stripped and very few clubs pay the fee up front so he’d not benefit from doing that

  • ghostrider

    Rafa doesn’t seem to trust Shelvey and Shelvey’s body language suggests the feeling is mutual.
    Shelvey is a monetary asset so sell him if Rafa won’t play him much.
    Nobody should be shocked at the calibre of club coming in for Shelvey. He’s a quality player and in the right team he will look amazing.
    In the wrong team he will become frustrated and likely do what he’s doing with us.

    • hetonmag

      He’s been tried and tested by other manager’s not just Rafa but the lad just hasn’t progressed in my opinion, how many teams does he have to play for before he finds the right one for himself.

      • Soldier

        do you ever attend a football match ? Shelvey is one of the few players who can make a difference

        • hetonmag

          Do you ??

          • Soldier

            every home game unlike an armchair pundit as yourself

          • hetonmag

            Wouldn’t have expected any other reply from someone like you.

  • Blackburn1066

    Rafa needs to sell to bring in new players he will get no support from you know who.

    • Soldier

      selling your best players in a relegation struggle is hardly the right thing to do

  • steve

    He is wasted in our system, he always looks better further up the field but Rafa has him playing in front of the defence more often than not.

  • NUFCDan

    More paper talk. He’s not in form and with his disciplinary record why would a club take a punt on him? The one thing we all know with the fatman is that he won’t sell players on the cheap.

  • Bb

    Hard for a great passer of the ball to play in a negative defensive team.

    • Soldier

      that`s about the size of it

    • Leazes

      Absolutely!

      • hetonmag

        Has to be on the pitch to make Hollywood passes.

        • Soldier

          crass fool

          • hetonmag

            Idiot 🤐🤐🤐

  • Paul Patterson

    Out of those clubs in the betting, the only one I’d let him go to is Spurs and if it’s £25m+.

  • Gallowgate Dave

    It’s been disappointing to see Shelvey struggle given his undoubted ability. He looked a class apart for most of the season last year in the Championship. It’s not the first time though, Liverpool gave up on him and he left Swansea under a huge cloud. Look up that YouTube clip of him vs Oxford in the cup looking totally disinterested as they attack or, as unprofessional as it was, the Swansea director celebrating on Twitter at our 0vs3 loss against Everton as he desperately wanted Shelvey to get relegated. Bitter and immature yes but it shows how he alienates those he works with. He’s almost 26 now and his discipline hasn’t improved and he doesn’t take games by the scruff of the neck and dominate them like he should despite his passing ability being amongst the best I’ve ever seen at NUFC. I really hope he turns it around as I remain a fan of his but looking at his previous clubs you can see why no-one shed a tear over his departure.

    • Leazes

      Shelvey releases people who refuse to go forward and end up giving him the ball back…

      …..Shelvey hasn’t struggled so much as tried to carry a sack of coal whist playing football!

      • Soldier

        perfect summation

      • Gallowgate Dave

        I’m not sure I understand your point clearly? Do you mean he’d be better in a better team?

        • Leazes

          Yes, those around him don’t go forward and he usually ends up getting the ball back, it’s ridiculous….. you can’t apply a playmaker to any great advantage when your attacking options are behind you backing up the defence.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I take your point but anyone looks better in a better team. He’s a bit Gazza-esque sometimes (the way he was with England) when he drops so deep and takes the ball from our centre halves toes to play as a quarterback. I’d rather see him receiving the ball further up the field where he can do more damage but that’s up to Rafa and the centre halves he takes it off to be strong with him and tell him they are more than capable of making a 10-15 yard pass forward in that position so Shelvey can receive it further forward. I suspect he doesn’t want to do this as this leaves him less time and space to pick out his passes but as others have pointed out 0 goals and 0 assists (the one against Liverpool should still count mind, not his fault Joselu made such a pig’s ear of it) means he needs to up his game. I’m not for one second advocating a sale, he’s one of the few genuine players with real quality in our squad, but I’m just saying I’m disappointed in his contribution this season and know he should be doing better. It’s not enough to bemoan the lack of quality around him, I want to see him dictating play and dominating games from the middle of the park. Has he done that at all this season?

          • Phil

            What a relief!! Nice to read something sensible on here

          • Leazes

            I agree its this set up that Rafa has employed which is making things difficult, but Rafa doing it for a reason…. he obviously has no faith in the players to compete in their own positions for very good reason…. they’re Championship players IMO apart from Lascelles, Shelvey and Clark.

          • hetonmag

            Leazes Shelvey has been sent off twice this season, the second time was in the last few seconds of the game, now you put a case forward for him where that helps in our fight against relegation.

          • Leazes

            Okay that is a point…. here we go again, the perpetual motion machine of failure….

            …. justifying the sale of your best player….when its his mates yo should be shipping out!

          • Phil

            Our best player based on what? You are very good at dodging questions. And facts. And anything you don’t agree with. You are either a politician or a child.

          • Damon Horner

            On the money with your points on Shelvey mate.

          • Phil

            I’m not sure it is Rafa telling shelvey to drop so deep to get the ball. I think it is shelveys decision. It helps to hide his lack of pace and athleticism. It also passes the buck when he is hoofing passes 40 yards away from himself. He doesn’t bust a gut to get up field after said hoofed pass. Most of the time his head goes down or he says f*ck. Then his he’s goes down

    • HarryHype59

      “He looked a class apart in the Championship”.

      That sums up the problem!

  • Mike

    Mitro Gayle Shelvey ?

    • hetonmag

      And your point is ?

      • Soldier

        to be sold.then we can have more great buys like Diame & Joselu

        • hetonmag

          Do you ever go to a game or are you one of these that take a dislike to certain player’s irrespective however they perform in a game.

          • Soldier

            i drive up from York for every home game that`s a 180 miles round trip & i know a player when i see one & Shelvey is a player. it`s complete fools like you that are happy with the likes of Joselu & Diame. 10 years Ashley has been stripping the club wake up !

          • hetonmag

            Calling me a fool where have I said I’m happy with the player’s you mention and by the way in case you haven’t spotted it’s a team game and Shelvey can’t make his Hollywood passes sitting in the stands. Don’t tell me to wake up I’ve seen more misses than hits watching this club down the years

          • Phil

            Shelvey has 157 pl appearances. 12 goals and 17 assists. He has never scored a free kick and his shooting accuracy is 31%
            He is not a skilful player. He is not fast. I can’t see what all the fuss is about.

          • HarryHype59

            If he can be replaced by a better player, let him go! He doesn’t have the physical energy needed in the EPL!

  • Soldier

    Shelvey had a good game the other day & he`s the best passer of the ball at the club but his talent is wasted when we have average strikers. sell him, i wonder what idiot thought that one up

  • Leazes

    This article Mr, Porter is an act of treachery worthy of Ryder himself.

    Keep your best players and sell your worst = success
    Sell your best players and keep your worst = decline (the United way)

    Ryder has already stoked up his dark arts, running polls against the player in question, so he’s getting information from the goalkeeping coach Simon Smith his ‘Club Insider’ and Elliot the third rate….. but first choice keeper.

    Are we really going down this road again…..?

    ….. Do people here ever learn….? apparently Not!

    Are you a Mackem Porter?

    • TheNutJob

      the madness of Nufc
      😠😠😠

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      It’s astonishing how some Newcastle fans endeavour to imitate Ashley by going against the club’s interests.

  • Phil

    If we could get our money back on him I’d take it. He is slow, lazy and apart from the odd good pass offers nothing but attitude. People are saying he is one of our best if not best player. He has 0 assists and 0 goals so far this season. I wouldn’t be bothered to see him leave. Even saivet has managed a goal this season!!

    • Leazes

      …and you are pig ignorant.

      • Phil

        For not seeing the class in a creative midfielder who creates very little and scores rarely (5 championship goals)
        Just because he picks the odd Hollywood pass out that does not make him a great player! I’m well aware of the fact our team in general isn’t great. This doesn’t make me start rating an average player higher than what he deserves.
        If people actually believe Tottenham would want him that is a worry. Who would they drop for him? Alli? Dembele? Erikson? Dier? He’s not a patch on any of them

        • Leazes

          Phil he’s the only thing worth watching in this bunch entertainment wise, creativity wise…. if we are to sell players then I suggest we start with forwards who can’t put the ball in the net or one of our keepers who fill you with dread and wouldn’t make the bench of most premiership clubs…. any of them.

          If you sell your best players it not only weakens your side…. it plunges the squad into what Zaphod Beeblebrox would describe as a ‘Death Plunge’

          • Phil

            I don’t enjoy watching him. He does have a pass in him granted. But his shooting accuracy is shocking. His attitude stinks. The midfielders he plays with aren’t that bad. But due to his lack of pace he is constantly pointing and trying to tell people what to do. A good/great player would influence a team more. Regardless of their team mates. Sigurdson did well in a poor Swansea team. Saucer as mentioned previously did something shelvey has never done in the premier league…. Score a free kick

          • mentalman

            Ritchie likes to point to, i hate it when they do it

          • Phil

            I see it as a way to deflect the attention off themselves. But at least Ritchie contributes. With assists and graft. Iv never been a shelvey fan

          • Leazes

            Absolute claptrap…. are you paid by the service provider to wind-up posters? You like Ryder haven’t a bloody clue what you’re looking at.

            I saw him construct a hate campaign against Laurent Robert as well….. madness….. you people are the death of this club!

          • Phil

            Nope just entitled to an opinion as everybody else. Always helps having facts on your side though. They help to prove a point.
            0 goals
            0 assists
            Isn’t fast
            Isn’t skilful
            Has shooting accuracy of 31%
            Never scored a free kick

            The fact people think he is such a good player is worrying. Obviously easily pleased.

            Iv also heard he is a tax dodger!!

          • Phil

            F*ck off man. You are a proper drama queen.

            You go on and on about this tax dodging company! If it bothers you that much stay off the site supporting it!

            Anyone has a differing opinion to you, they are an idiot or have some anti nufc agenda.

            Grow up

          • Leazes

            Away to a Love Supreme you WUM

    • TheNutJob

      ignorance is bliss they say, so you must be very happy indeed

      • Phil

        Wow the originality in that comment! Why didn’t you just copy and paste from leazes?
        Or better still come up with some facts to convince me he is good player

        • TheNutJob

          IDIOT

          • Phil

            Brilliant. Your search for evidence to show how good he is got nowhere I take it?

  • Kneebotherm8

    If Spuds want him the the price should be £30 million…………….seriously though,I can’t believe this talk of selling him and Ritchie as well……….absolutely crazy……..we should be building on any quality we’ve got and those two are quality.

  • mentalman

    it doesn’t really matter if he’s our best player or not, we’ve all seen if rafa doesn’t trust a player then he’s not going to play very often and he’s not much good sitting on the bench or in the stands. It’d be far better for the club for rafa to sell and bring in players he will use

  • Damon Horner

    Not his biggest fan but for what we are he can influence our survival but should be doing a better job than he has so far, Sadly don’t see him being more than a catalyst for a counter attacking side. If he is to leave then this is not the time but it should happen at some point IF we are to progress.

    Generally though I think it all depends on how committed the lad is to the club right now whether he stays or goes.

  • Tomb

    Didn’t put a foot wrong v stoke

    • Phil

      He was up against Geoff Cameron (32) Charlie Adam (32..Stone) and Joe Allen.
      He did play well but not the best game to judge him on. He was given ridiculous amounts of time on the ball

      • Kneebotherm8

        32….stone?……..😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Leazes

    Here we have ‘The Mag’ yes the MAG running a destabalising article to undermine the club at this crucial time….. worthy of Ryders treachery at his best(sic)…..

    For what….. a few coins from your adformercial tax dodging sponsor!

    Shame on you Porter!

    • Phil

      You talk some shyte mind!! 😂

      • Leazes

        Pigfart

        • Phil

          I think you need to get outside more often. Sitting on your computer talking rubbish all day can’t be good for you. Get out. Broaden your horizons. The little bubble you live in at the moment seems highly toxic!!

          Never know you might meet a girl. A real one. Not one that takes a foot pump and a f*cked up imagination to enjoy!

          • Dean crame

            Bat that one back, oh no you’re gone quiet.
            Shelvey can’t vary his game, can’t beat a man, has no pace and is a red card waiting to happen.
            However he’s will probably generate the most funds to reinvest in a striker, so let’s sell.
            Leaders, if we sold one of our strikers what could we buy with the proceeds? Schola maybe

  • Tino o

    Ritchie yesterday shelvey today lasceles tommorow? It’s that time of year !

  • Leazes

    You certainly don’t need Ashley to devastate your squad when you have idiots who want to sell your best players…. some of you do it to yourselves is it a death wish.

    • Phil

      Best player?? Jonjo Shelvey isn’t even the best of a bad bunch man you idiot!!

    • Phil

      Clueless? Morons?

      You have been shown stats which show shelvey is not great. People have explained major flaws in his game to you.

      You have said nothing to prove he is such a good player. You just seem to have blind faith in him.

  • Leazes

    Are any of these posters genuine Mr, Jensen or is it just part of Click-baiting?

    Wasn’t it the idea to try and get this club going in the right direction or is it just about advertising tax dodging sponsors now?

    Its a Joke right?

    • Phil

      Try another website if you dislike this so much.

      You’d be a miss but I think people would manage to get over your loss… After 30 seconds or so

  • Damon Horner

    Evens for him to move to West Ham. Looks like it could well be happening.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Get rid. He’s vastly over rated.