Jonjo Shelvey continues to be in the media spotlight.
The press stories are relentless despite them making absolutely zero sense.
The midfielder arrived at St James Park exactly three years yesterday, joining for £13m from Swansea City as Newcastle United desperately fought a relegation battle.
Three years and a day later and Newcastle United are fighting yet another relegation battle thanks to Mike Ashley’s neglect and agenda against the Newcastle supporters.
The media continue to run this story that Jonjo Shelvey is set to move to West Ham this month, with a transfer fee of £20m+.
In normal circumstances, it is an easy story to write.
A childhood Hammers fan, Jonjo Shelvey is a talented if inconsistent midfielder, currently at a club that has zero ambition, whilst West Ham – despite all their faults, are at least a club that is haphazardly trying to better themselves.
It is a bit like the Andy Carroll back to Newcastle story that appears every single transfer window, it will always make some kind of sense even though we know it is just more made up nonsense.
However, why on earth are the media still running with this Jonjo Shelvey January move to West Ham? They choose to simply ignore the facts as they currently stand today.
Jonjo Shelvey is currently knackered.
He hasn’t been able to start any match for these past 10 weeks, since being forced off through injury against Watford on 3 November 2018.
The thigh injury keeps flaring up again whenever he as tried to step back up and come off the bench.
The latest being against Blackburn seven days ago when he reminded us of his ability with a couple of stunning long range passes.
However, following that game his thigh injury once again bothered him and he has been over in Barcelona seeing a specialist to try and get to the bottom of the problem. The same specialist he went to see in December to try and get it sorted.
Despite this information, the newspapers continue to report this (Saturday) morning that a move to West Ham could be imminent…
The media are most definitely getting ever more desperate/worse. How can any rational person believe that West Ham are going to be spending £20m+ on a player who has an injury that currently there is no solution to?
If the Hammers are buying anybody this month, it will be with the intention of them making an impact straight away, not risking big money on somebody who may or may not be able to play regularly sometime in the future.
This is all before we get to the Newcastle United side of things.
Rafa Benitez has been reluctant these last four transfer windows to let anybody go, who he might have a use for. He has found to his cost that even if he agrees to sell a player, he has no guarantee of being allowed those funds to spend on replacements, never mind anything extra!
Mitrovic and Merino left for a combined £32m (could rise to £37m) in the summer and yet he was only allowed free transfer Ki Sung-yeung and loan striker Salomon Rondon to replace them.
Rafa couldn’t even let Isaac Hayden leave in the summer for the same reason and is indicating the same now. This despite Hayden being nowhere near good enough for the Premier League and a player who doesn’t want to be here, shown clearly with a shocking disinterested display against Blackburn.
There is no way that Rafa Benitez would leave Jonjo Shelvey leave this month. His hope will be that eventually Shelvey will be sorted and he will be able to feature and impress in enough matches to help Newcastle cheat relegation once again. The midfielder one of the few players with any kind of decent quality that Newcastle have.
Despite this, no doubt you will be reading the Sunday papers ‘informing’ you about the imminent Jonjo Shelvey move to West Ham…