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Maybe Jonjo Shelvey should be less of a rentaquote and do it on the pitch instead

3 months ago
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Jonjo Shelvey has been talking (yet again) about Steve Bruce and the situation at the club.

The midfielder stating that ‘The criticism the club are getting at the start of the season is just stupidity. It is embarrassing really.’

Obviously there is ‘criticism’ and then there is…’criticism’, I would say some of it is justified and some not.

Jonjo Shelvey stating that after the Norwich display and criticism that followed ‘The lads answered back against a very good Tottenham team.’

Yes it was a very gritty defensive display and Joelinton took his goal well. However, since then Newcastle have lost to Leicester in the League Cup and were poor against a rubbish looking Watford.

Mentioning in particular the comments/criticism from Michael Chopra, Jonjo Shelvey says: ‘It was like: ‘Does anybody even know him?’ I know he played here but he didn’t score loads of goals.’

This is where I think Shelvey needs to have a bit of self-awareness.

When you are slagging off other people then you need to make sure you are on solid ground yourself.

Jonjo Shelvey mocks Chopra for a lack of goals but the midfielder himself has only scored three goals in 63 Premier League appearances for Newcastle.

Added to that, when exactly was the last time Jonjo Shelvey played well?

He has been poor this season in the three games he has played and found himself out of the team now.

Whilst last season, apart from the final game of the season when an already relegated Fulham totally collapsed once they went a goal down, when did Shelvey put in a decent shift? I think you have to go back to the run-in of the 2017/18 season when he was last on top of his game. As a flair player you can expect to an extent his form to be a but up and down but I think he needs to realise how few ups there have been in recent times.

He has become the go to player when the club want to put out propaganda and maybe he should be saying no and instead concentrating on getting himself into a position where he puts a run of form together and then you can say pretty much whatever you want, within reason.

Only three days after Steve Bruce got the job, Jonjo Shelvey came out with some ridiculous comments in an interview, saying ‘I think the change of manager could be a good thing….Steve (Bruce) is a lot different to Rafa. You never knew what Rafa was thinking…Steve Bruce has made a massive difference…he is constantly talking to you, telling you what he’s thinking…things like that. As a player that is what you want.’

Then just ahead of the Watford match the midfielder was outspoken again: ‘I was close to leaving (for West Ham this summer) but the club said no. I’m happy here, I love living in this city. I have never once stated I wanted to leave. You hear that you are lazy. I get labelled lazy, maybe because of my body language – I’m quite laidback. People can say what they want but I’m the one who goes out there and trains every day as hard as I can.’

It didn’t really make any sense, how could have he got in a position to be ‘close to leaving’ if neither the club or the player himself wanted it to happen???

Jonjo Shelvey talking to the Chronicle:

“The criticism the club are getting at the start of the season is just stupidity. It is embarrassing really.

“But the lads answered back against a very good Tottenham team.

“We go to Liverpool after that and we know it won’t be easy.

“We know we need to beat the teams in and around you, home and away.

“But if you can nick anything off the big boys that’s a bonus.

“We had a chat in the dressing room (about the Michael Chopra comments regarding players not knowing their jobs after Norwich).

“It was like: ‘Does anybody even know him?’

“I know he played here but he didn’t score loads of goals.

“It’s just people being busy to get their name in the paper.

“It’s just people who are bored. If they saw you – or Steve Bruce – in the street they’d come up to you and try to talk.

“It’s just embarrassing.

“I understand it but I think it’s because of Rafa Benitez.

“Rafa was such a great manager with a great CV behind him.

“He won everything there was to win.

“Steve Bruce is here now. For me he has been brilliant.

“The way he involves everybody is brilliant, even the lads who aren’t in the squad.

“He’s probably one of the best man-managers I have worked with.”

“It is enjoyable and I want to see him do well.

“As a player he is putting his arm around you if you don’t make the team or make the squad.

“When that happens you want them to do well and stay here.

“Eventually he will stick by you because you’ve stuck by him.”

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