Jonjo Shelvey has welcomed the signing of Ki Sung-Yueng.
Shelvey saying that back in 2014/15 he played his only full season alongside the South Korean, which coincided with Swansea having their best ever season.
The finished eighth in the Premier League and playing alongside Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yueng scored eight goals from midfield, with three his highest in any other season.
Goals from central midfielders were almost non-existent last season and a major negative, central defender Jamaal Lascelles scored more PL goals than anybody playing in the middle of the pitch and he only scored three times.
Mohamed Diame scored twice, whilst Merino, Hayden, Saivet and Shelvey all got one each.
Jonjo Shelvey couldn’t wait to get back into training with the squad, saying that he ‘can’t lie on a sunbed for too long’ in the close season.
Like the rest of us, Shelvey has been watching events in Russia on TV and would have loved to have been involved, but that it is now just all about doing it for Newcastle.
One of the big questions for August is whether he and Diame can pick up where they left off at the end of last season, that could be key (sorry) to Newcastle’s hopes this time around.
Jonjo Shelvey speaking to NUFC TV:
“We have got a great squad.
“The gaffer has spoken about the team spirit and our workrate and those are the fundamentals we had.
“That is what got us that tenth place finish and the quality in the games, so we have to just maintain that this year and add some more quality.
“(New signing) Ki is a very talented player who chips in with a few goals and rarely gives the ball away, he is very fit.
“There will be four of us (***Presumably meaning Shelvey, Ki, Hayden and Diame, not Colback…) fighting for the two spots and so it will be down to who performs best.
“When I was at Swansea with him, they probably had the best season they have had in the Premier League.
“You aren’t the captain of your country if you can’t play football.
“A great player and talented person, we are going to welcome him when he eventually gets back off his holiday.
“Don’t get me wrong I would have loved to have gone (to the World Cup) but there’s no point in dwelling on it now.
“It’s happened and they are doing fantastic over there…congratulations to them.
“At the end of the day though my career is about myself and I have got to make sure that I put in the performances for Newcastle.
“I want to pick up where I left off last year and if I can do that I’ll be happy.
“I just went away (this summer) and enjoyed my time off, a really nice rest with the family and kids.
“After two weeks though you just want to get back into it straight away…I can’t lie on a sunbed for too long.”