Frank Lampard has dissected the performance of Jonjo Shelvey on Saturday.
The Newcastle midfielder was excellent all over the pitch against Man Utd two weeks ago, defending as well as attacking.
However, Frank Lampard doesn’t believe that was the case against Bournemouth.
Shelvey helped Newcastle take a two goal lead and Lampard says ‘Jonjo Shelvey’s passing was sublime, we saw that’.
However, when the going got tough, the Chelsea player turned pundit says the midfielder went missing.
It was pretty damning, as on both Bournemouth goals, Frank Lampard pointed out that Shelvey didn’t track his man and in both cases when the ball hits the net, the Newcastle man is some 10 or 15 yards outside the box, watching play with his hands on his knees bent over.
Lampard believes though that it isn’t a physical thing and it is more ‘a mentality thing, he switches off’.
Whatever the reasons, the Match of The Day pundit thinks this is why, no matter how good his passing is, Jonjo Shelvey ends up being left out by Rafa Benitez at times.
Frank Lampard saying Rafa will be ‘livid’ after watching the Newcastle midfielder in those closing stages as NUFC threw away two points.
Frank Lampard talking on Match of The Day:
“Jonjo Shelvey’s passing was sublime, we saw that.
“The only thing is, that for as good as his passing was, the defensive side of his game in the latter stages doesn’t live up to it.
“We can see him on the far side and there doesn’t appear to be a problem…but all of a sudden Lewis Cook starts to move and Jonjo Shelvey doesn’t.
“(Jonjo Shelvey) Sees him clearly, doesn’t move, still not moving, ball played to Adam Smith and a great finish.
“By the time the ball his the back of the net, Jonjo Shelvey has got his hands on his knees and is bent over (looking back on play from 10 yards outside the box).
“There is no reaction from him at all.
“You would think he’d know his mistakes now.
“So now even more desperate at 2-1, you can see Jonjo Shelvey again. He knows exactly where he (his opponent) is, lets him run, kind of gets away with that one as nothing really happens. So he (Shelvey) then gets desperate and he is chasing (the ball) on the edge of the box, and I understand that, but as you can see this carry on…
“All of his team-mates are defending here for their lives and look at Jonjo Shelvey. Hands on his knees and he has moved forward 10 metres (and is watching the ball going into the net from around 15 yards outside the box) rather than get back and help his team-mates.
“I don’t understand it. I don’t think it is a physical thing because adrenaline would make you run back at that point.
“I think it is a concentration thing. I think it is a mentality thing, he switches off.
“Rafa Benitez will be livid and that is why sometimes he doesn’t play him.
“Jonjo Shelvey is the best passer of the ball in the team without a doubt but moments like that can cost you the game.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Gayle 17 and 45+1
Bournemouth: Smith 80 Gosling 89
Possession was Bournemouth 64% Newcastle 36%
Total shots were Bournemouth 18 Newcastle 15
Shots on target were Bournemouth 5 Newcastle 4
Corners were Bournemouth 8 Newcastle 1
Referee: Roger East
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez
Darlow, Clark, Merino, Joselu
Crowd: 10,808 (Approx Newcastle 1,400)
(Alan Shearer reacts to Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 – Read HERE)
(Instinct reaction from NUFC fans/writers to the match HERE)
(Eddie Howe reaction to the game HERE)
(Rafa defends his substitutions after later Newcastle collapse – Read HERE)
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