Jonjo Shelvey is already looking vital to the upcoming new Premier League season.
A lack of signings means it is even more important that Newcastle’s better players produce as soon as the season kicks off.
Tuesday night saw Jonjo Shelvey arguably Newcastle’s best player at Hull, he was certainly the only one providing any real attacking threat.
A typical ‘quarterback’ style pass releasing Joselu to give Newcastle the lead after 15 minutes.
After six changes at half-time Newcastle became second best, whilst when both Shelvey and Diame were subbed midway through the second half it gave the hosts almost total control. Clear evidence of Newcastle’s lack of strength in depth against poor opposition.
Jonjo Shelvey believes he needs to add up to another 20% to be ready for Tottenham on the opening day.
Whilst when it comes to the team/squad in general, the midfielder isn’t hiding from the obvious reality, admitting ‘There’s still a lot of work we’ve got to do.’
Shelvey’s attacking contributions often come from deep and early in a move but he isn’t hiding from the fact he got only goal and three assists in the Premier League last season, as compared to five goals and eight assists in the Championship the season before.
Back in 2013/14 he recorded his best PL return with six goals and six assists, Newcastle would very much welcome a return to that form this coming season, they very likely will need it unless things quickly change in the transfer window.
Jonjo Shelvey talking to NUFC TV:
“I did alright.
“I have probably got another 10 or 20% to get to but that’s what playing games will do.
“Everyone knows that I can pass the ball…but I have got to do the other side of the game – you obviously get judged on goals and assists, and that’s what I’ve got to add more to my game this season. I didn’t get enough goals or assists last year, so that’s what I’ll be trying to work on this year.
“That result tonight, equalising late, was probably more for the fans – results really don’t matter to us at the moment. Obviously we want to win games, but the main thing was the performance, which I thought was OK in patches.
“There’s still a lot of work we’ve got to do.
“We’ve got a young squad, but there’s still a good few weeks until the start of the season, and hopefully we can improve and kick on.
“We started the game well, got ahead, and then had two free kicks, where one of myself or Matty probably should have scored.
“It always unsettles the team, if you like, when you make a load of changes, but that’s what pre-season’s about – getting your minutes in. And luckily we managed to nick a draw at the end.
“Going to Portugal, it’s about adding to the performances we’ve put in, in the last two games.
“Obviously, the opposition is going to be a lot tougher than it was tonight, no disrespect to Hull, but that’s part and parcel of football.
“And as a footballer, you want to play against those sorts of teams and test yourself against the best players, so we’ll see how it goes.
“Ki’s a fantastic player. He’s getting used to the city, getting used to the club. I’ve been chaperoning him ‘round the club the last couple of days, but he’s a top player and he’ll bring something to this team, without a shadow of a doubt.”