Much has been said about Jonjo Shelvey in the last few days.

After arguably his best ever game for Newcastle in the 1-0 defeat of Manchester United he had followed it up with a bit of a mixed bag on Saturday.

Like most of the team he was decent in the first 60 or 70 minutes and he also helped create the opening goal.

However, the last 20 or 30 minutes Jonjo Shelvey faded and after missing a sitter to make it 3-0, he was guilty of not following runners as Bournemouth scored each of their two goals to grab what had looked for most of the game, an unlikely point.

Tuesday has seen the club report that Shelvey actually injured his knee during Saturday’s game when colliding with Martin Dubravka, then The Mail followed that up with claims that the midfielder had already been having injections in his groin to enable him to play recently.

As is the case these days, especially on social media, many Newcastle fans (and others) have very strong opinions on…pretty much everything.

So the Jonjo Shelvey display against Man Utd had some fans going way over the top, then the hot and cold performance at Bournemouth had supporters getting agitated one way or the other – occasionally both at the same time.

Now that the midfielder looks almost certain to be missing for a little while, or longer, certain Newcastle fans are wanting to see this as some serious setback to the hopes of staying up.

It is common sense that ideally Rafa Benitez would have everybody fit at this point, as Newcastle battle relegation, but are some people getting a little bit over-dramatic about Jonjo Shelvey?

Over the course of the last three months, Shelvey has started eight Premier League matches.

Newcastle have won two of them, the 1-0 win over Man Utd and the 1-0 victory at Stoke. The first eight games the former Liverpool midfielder started this season, Newcastle only won one – when Merino came off the bench to score a late winner v Palace.

Each game, The Mag asks fans to use our interactive player ratings to rate each Newcastle player out of 10.

Here are those last eight Jonjo Shelvey starts in the past three months, his mark out of 10, and then in brackets how high his mark was compared to the rest of the starting 11:

5.7 Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 (8th highest)

9.3 Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0 (2nd highest)

5.4 Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 (6th highest)

5.4 Man City 3 Newcastle 1 (7th highest)

4.9 Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 (9th highest)

7.3 Stoke 0 Newcastle 1 (6th highest)

5.6 Newcastle 0 Man City 1 (8th highest)

3.6 Newcastle 0 Everton 1 (9th highest)

As you can see, only the Man Utd game does he stand out, just pipped by Martin Dubravka to the man of the match tag.

Jonjo Shelvey definitely has some ability and I think the conundrum is that fans like him in the team because he promises the possibility of better – but the reality is that he usually falls well short of that perception.

Will he be missed if out injured?

Well, that will all depend on the results for most. If Newcastle do OK in his absence then little/nothing will be said but if it goes pear-shaped, then just like the Mitrovic debate, some fans will claim Shelvey’s absence a massive blow and a case of ‘if only’…



  • Mitros gotta start

    Should give merino a chance now….not sure how shelveys head would have been going back to anfield anyway…..might be a blessing

    • Down Under Mag

      Not sure why he has been left out to be honest, he was easily our best midfielder early in the season and certainly a great prospect for the future. A worry that maybe he looked because those around him made him look good, but certainly looked decent on the ball and I for one would be interesting to see how he links up with Kenedy.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Do you need a reason to get left out with rafa?
        Still trying to figure out what mitrovic, aarons, mbemba and gamez have done wrong

        • Wor Lass

          Gamez is a permanent sick note. Aarons is also a bit of a sick note and just not as good as one game against Citeh made people think. Mitro and Mbemba would have been in the match day squad and having starts for me but I`m convinced something has happened “back stage” with Mitro that we don`t know about – and I`m not just talking sticking a mobile down his sock. It`ll come out eventually.

          • TheNutJob

            take a look at Man U & Jose with Pogba one will be gone in the summer. same here with Rafa & Mitro

          • Wor Lass

            Jose to PSG was the rumour. Pogba`s going to be the FCB`s marquee signing. He`s not leaving Manure but he will do a summer trade fair on the markets selling Sh*te Direct tat to the Chinese.

        • mentalman

          mitrovic and mbemba weren’t used because they can’t/won’t follow instructions yet i can’t believe for one minute that the way we play sometimes that the players on the pitch are following rafa’s instructions.

  • Down Under Mag

    Shelvey is just frustrating, that’s what gets people backs up. He clearly has it in his locker to be a wordl class player but his head just isn’t in the right place…or at least not often enough. When good players only have good games against to top teams I do always worry that they are only turning it on to impress and try and get a move away, much like Sissoko did. But Shelvey has actually been good for us this season, he just needs to work on his concentration levels. For the last game, he came in for some OTT stick for not tracking back which we now know why.

    • Phil

      Bit OTT to describe him as potentially world class mind

    • Wor Lass

      If he`d had real pace he could have become world class. I believe that`s the root of his problems – he knows he`s good enough to run rings round most other players but he`s just not quick enough to actually do it. That“s where the frustration comes from. Plus hes probably a bit thick.

  • Stephen

    He’s like a ‘throwback’ to the 70’s
    All the teams had one.
    Remember Jinky Smith, Alan Hudson, Tony Currie. Forest had a guy as well, with a double barrel name(arghhh)
    If Shelley plays well Newcastle play well.

    • Stephen

      Ian Storey Moore phew

      • Wor Lass

        I was just coming back on to tell you that – he was a bit of a hard man if I remember right.

    • Leazes.

      I met a traveller from an antique land,
      Who said ‘Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert’

      • molend

        From Down Under, wasn’t he?

        • Stephen

          No not at all
          I think the word they keep using for these players ‘enigma’

          • molend

            I’ll bet you any money. His name was Bruce and he wore a cloak, hence ‘Aussie mandyas’

      • molend

        Aye, life’s a bysshe.

      • Wor Lass

        Good one!

        ” …. And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command ……..
        The hand that mocked them …..
        ….. My name is Ashleymandias, King of Kings;
        Look on my Works, ye Shighty, and despair! …”

        • Leazes.

          vg

  • TheNutJob

    Hola Amigos, did the fans who voted watch the full matches or just vote on the opinions of plebs like Ryder at the chron & watched snippets on Motd.
    i`ve missed 1 game this season & Jonjo is the best midfielder we have, period

    • Leazes.

      There has been a hate campaign stirred up by Ryder and a few of the ‘one man and his dog’ football websites have stoked it by searching out twitter comments, to get hit for their own cut-n-paste stuff.

      Jackie, well she is just as stupid,in trying to be controversial is damaging the club.

      There are a lot of fans who don’t know good from bad, Graham and Jackie are one of them.

      • Wor Lass

        This has got you all riled up, Leazes. Your syntax and punctuation are all to pot – are you so mad that you forgot to take your meds?

        • Leazes.

          Nah I’m suggesting Porter and Smithfield are the same writer.

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂🤣😂

          • Wor Lass

            Good grief! A Mag writer with multiple personalities? If Toontilidie from the Chron comes on here he`ll be accusing him of being the Moose quicker than you can say, “Jon Mag”!

          • Leazes.

            Didn’t you ever think that the ‘fans around the globe’ stuff was nonsense…. of course its made up.

          • Wor Lass

            Making stuff up? Whatever next?!

    • Wor Lass

      I watched the Sky “football first” 30 minute highlights last night and it made it look like Bournemouth were all over us. The commentators kept saying how much we were in control and Bournemouth needed to wake up but the action was all Bournemouth. The power of the media!

  • Leazes.

    Are you Graham Porters wife?