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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez

Unused Subs:

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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  • thewildchimp

    Lampard is right. Credits to Shelvey, but he deserves both positive and negative criticism for this game.

    • stevetoontoon

      Maybe the blazing miss was on his mind!!!

  • Geordiegiants

    Perez’s miss was much much worse.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Definitely. Atsu is a moron for not playing in Jonjo earlier.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        What? It was on a plate

        • Dillon Tovak

          There was no need to wait until Ake was level or so close to the keeper.
          On the edge of the box, Shelvey is completely alone, he could even have taken a touch.

          • Tynewalker

            Don’t agree with you but fair enough that’s your opinion. However to call Atsu a moron in your first post for his perceived indiscretion is unacceptable

          • Dillon Tovak

            Go back and watch it and tell me Atsu didn’t ponder on the ball too long. Maybe moron is a bit harsh but I was screaming for him to pass earlier.

          • TheFatController

            I’m glad you’re not a team mate of mine. Jeez….

          • Dillon Tovak

            But your level would be upped by my harsh but fair critique 😉

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Madness.. at any level of football, never mind premiership, you would be delighted as a forward to get a chance like that created by a winger … it’s a run of the mill finish

          • Cockneytrev

            I agree,,

      • Cockneytrev

        Shelvey should have still scored, but atsu gave that extra second for Nathan Aki to put shelvey off, Atsu should have put the ball in earlier,,

  • Dillon Tovak

    If Jonjo was tiring, he should have been replaced with Merino on the hour, Hos for Perez should have been the other one and I’d rather see Murf than Atsu as he’s a bit lightweight. But if we’d of had the bottle to cling on I’d be saying Rafa’s subs were genius. Those are the margins.

    • Leazes.

      That looks like it was the case.

    • steve

      Even if we had held out those substitutions were a disgrace.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Welcome to my world Frank …I’ve been saying this for years and getting stick for it

  • ghostrider

    It’s not Benitez that should be livid with Shelvey, it’s the other way round.
    Benitez set the team up as sitting ducks for half an hour.
    The question should be….WHY?…….Why in the hell would he do that
    ? Did he have a sneaky bet on a 2-2 draw or something or is he having a laugh at our expense?

    Or is he just switching off himself…or too smug to do what the fans would be begging him to do and do the opposite.

    Who knows with this git….but let’s hope Ashley gets rid as soon as is possible at the end of the season so we can get someone in who can get a team to play entertaining football and always have a go for 90 minutes.

    • Lakeland Mag

      Idiot !!

    • TheFatController

      Do you find that in other aspects of life, and not just football, you struggle to cope and thus need to villify a scapegoat to release your anger…?

      • ghostrider

        You mean like you and others with the Ashley bile?

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      And who, with a CV anywhere near RB’s, would be on your shortlist ?

      Pity you let your hatred of Rafa colour every comment you make. ^^^ has to be one of your most stupid.

      • ghostrider

        Rafa gets credit when he deserves it and gets slated when he deserves it.
        Simple as that.
        Benitez was 100% to blame for losing us 2 points.

    • MadMag83

      I hear Pardew might be available soon.

      • ghostrider

        I’m not interested in what Pardew’s doing. I’m interested in what Newcastle United are doing with what’s available with the manager we have using to its full and proper potential.

        • MadMag83

          You’re pinning the blame for Saturday’s capitulation solely on Benitez. So you don’t value the opinion of Lampard? Had Shelvey done his job as instructed by Benitez we would have won in all probability. So how is Shelvey not tracking back the fault of the manager?

          Put your hatred of rafa to one side for a change. Yes I’m not a fan of sitting back and inviting pressure, but these guys are professional footballers, the manager should be able to rely on them to carry out simple instructions.

          • ghostrider

            I don’t have a hatred of Rafa. I have a dislike of his ways, so let’s get that cleared up.
            As for Shelvey…he’s not a duracell battery and he tires…especially after doing a sterling job for near 80 minutes.
            However, when your boss decides to change things up and have you basically go from conjurer to chicken chasing, then fatigue and errors are naturally going to show up.

            We can blame the entire team for sitting back or we can single one or two players out who were otherwise very very good.

            Shelvey appears to be the one that’s taking the flak but the real problem was the person in the dug out or walking the line from it.

            That person is Rafa Benitez for totally destroying what was a comfortable game and a comfortable win.

          • MadMag83

            Look, I agree that sitting back is dangerous and I think Rafa didn’t need to go so defensive which invited pressure. But as Lampard said, adrenaline alone should have given Shelvey the drive to do his bit and had he done so we would have won. As Lampard is one of the best midfielders of the last 20 years, I’m inclined to trust his knowledge​ on this.

          • ghostrider

            I have no issues with the if’s and but’s of the game.
            If Dubravka had been positioned to his right a bit more we might not have conceded the first goal.
            If their keeper managed to get to the perez ball for Gayles easy opener we wouldn’t have scored.

            Basaically I could do many of the if’s and but’s.
            The reality is we were 2-0 up and coasting.
            Why change anything?
            Like for like replacements and the job was sorted.

            Rafa royally messed up and other players have to take the flak for his mess up.
            Do you see Rafa holding his hands up to any mistakes?
            The man is an arrogant ego fulled clown at times.

            I’d be more than happy to get rid of this bloke because he’s doing this deliberate.

          • MadMag83

            Sorry, but you’re suggesting that had the substitutions been like for like, the win would have been guaranteed, which is incorrect. It’s an ‘if’.

            All managers are egotistical, especially the top ones.

          • ghostrider

            Fair enough not guaranteed but highly likely.

  • Albert Stubbins

    If he was consistent he wouldn’t be at Newcastle. This is what rafa has to work with. He’s always on shelveys case, he has to be, if he wasn’t the lad would be getting sent off every other week. Same with mitro. Decent players but nothing between the lugs. Can’t stay focused for 90 minutes. Lampard was ten times the player. Focused, motivated and switched on. Trained harder than everybody else and got the very best out of himself as a result. Shelvey has undoubtedly ability but let’s himself down on far to many occasions to be ever spoken about as being anything other than mediocre.

    • molend

      Obvious, isn’t it. Some of the stuff Shelvey does is amazing. The rest, not so much. There was a Greek-Australian here in Thessaloniki a few years back called Stan Lazaridis. Played full-back for Aris, scored a cracker of a goal from 30 yards. After the match, the owner said ‘I want you to do that every week’. Stan replied ‘If I could do that every week, I wouldn’t be playing for you’.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Spot on mate. Didn’t he go on to play for West ham?

        • molend

          I think he did

  • anyobrien

    I have to agree with frank terrible attitude

  • TheNutJob

    funny that because sky ratings gave Jonjo 8

  • Danimal

    I’m not surprised Jonjo was out of position when he was running in metres, only to discover the ball was travelling in yards. I think the referee needs to let the players know if they’re playing imperial or metric before kick off. What happened to consistency?

  • Mrkgw

    Shelvey is a class act but he needs to pull his weight especially when the side are struggling at the wrong end of the table. Yesterdays fiasco might well cost him his place in the side vs Liverpool.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      The margin between relegation and survival could be so thin at the end of the season that Shelvey’s failure to chase down yesterday might well cost us our Premiership place.

    • Down Under Mag

      He just seems to switch off too often, like he can’t maintain his concentration levels for a full 90min.

  • Down Under Mag

    Starting to think Merino and Joselu would have been better substitution options…Joselu will run all day and still offered a striking option to keep Bournemouth on the back foot (yes OK we know he isn’t prolific but the threat would still have been there in theory), and Merino would have been a better option for ball control and passing in midfield. I am fine with bringing on another defensive midfield option but it should have been for Shelvey not Ritchie or Kenedy. Although as i’ve said elsewhere, we need those two and so I understand wanting to save them. Up to Shelvey to prove he can maintain his discipline for a full 90min or needs to be selected in fewer key games.