Jonjo Shelvey forced to walk dog on Sunday night to get his 10,000 steps in
Jonjo Shelvey and Newcastle fans live in very different universes.
For the NUFC supporters, Jonjo Shelvey is somebody who walks around next to the central defenders, rarely breaks into a jog never mind a sprint, has minimal impact on the vast majority of matches and it is beyond belief how he starts for Newcastle week in week out.
In the head of Jonjo Shelvey, he is a brilliant indispensable key player, who ‘works his socks off’ with non-stop running and effort, at the heart of loads of great attacking moves for Newcastle, the playmaker.
I can’t take credit for the headline above (Jonjo Shelvey forced to walk dog on Sunday night to get his 10,000 steps in), one of my mates saw it on Twitter and sent it over, so apologies to whoever came up with it.
However, it perfectly summed up my thoughts when I was watching Jonjo Shelvey put in this latest shameful performance against Arsenal.
He is supposed to be the main man and was captain once again in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles. How mad is that, Jonjo Shelvey captain!!!! The player who should be setting the example to the rest of the team, 100% effort as a minimum and all the rest, then they (players) and us (fans) see that yesterday…no wonder the rest of them were so woeful as well when that is the ‘leadership’ they are seeing.
Rafa Benitez had totally sidelined Jonjo Shelvey and would have got him out of the club for sure that summer (2019), instead Steve Bruce comes in and makes Shelvey his main man, you really couldn’t make it up.
Our brilliant committed playmaker has a grand total of one Premier League goal and two PL assists this season, that despite demanding to take most of the set-pieces this season.
It was embarrassing yesterday, Arsenal players simply strolling past Jonjo Shelvey, the Newcastle captain rarely getting above walking pace throughout the game and as for getting up the pitch and into key areas to try and change the direction of the match…forget it, it would be a little bit too much effort for our midfield hero.
There was a class interview (see below) a couple of months ago where it summed up the Jonjo Shelvey delusions and the mess there now is at Newcastle United. Shelvey claiming yet again that Steve Bruce is a brilliant manager and claiming he (Shelvey) is some kind of tireless and committed worker on the pitch.
I have always thought that if you can’t win the battle in the middle of the pitch, it makes it ridiculously difficult to win many matches. With Jonjo Shelvey in midfield, Newcastle pretty much never dictate play in the middle of the pitch, whoever we are playing.
If I had to point to one player as the reason for Newcastle being so consistently poor this season, it would be Shelvey, He and Steve Bruce are a right pair.
Honestly, if Jonjo Shelvey is still in the starting eleven on Friday night at Leicester and Joe Willock isn’t, it will be the ultimate joke of all for this season.
Jonjo Shelvey talking to the Studs Up Podcast – 26 February 2021:
“Yeah, I mean with our gaffer [Steve Bruce], he gets a lot of stick and a lot of online abuse and things like that, but no disrespect, he played over 700 and something games in the Premier League, he’s won all sorts, he was captain of Man Utd.
“The man knows what he is doing. He’s been there and done it. He’s got the t-shirt.
“So as a football player, if he’s my manager, and he’s done all that and the way he is with me. I’m going to bust my balls off working for him, do you know what I mean, while he’s still in charge.
“Our gaffer has been spot on…he is the best man manager I have worked under.
“The way he manages people, like individuals, he knows how to speak to certain individuals and for me, as a footballer, that’s what I want to work with.
“One thing he says, is that even if you are not having a good game, you work your socks off.
“He’s big on the stats side of it and how much we run and things like that. If you don’t run for him, you’re not playing next week.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – Sunday 2 May 2pm
Schar red card 90
Elneny 5, Aubameyang 66
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was Arsenal 62% (61%) Newcastle 38% (39%)
Total shots were Arsenal 19 (13) Newcastle 5 (3)
Shots on target were Arsenal 5 (3) Newcastle 1 (1)
Corners were Arsenal 7 (4) Newcastle 3 (2)
Referee: Mike Dean
Dubravka, Murphy, Fernandez (Schar 72), Clark (Gayle 84), Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Almiron (Joelinton 73), Wilson, Saint-Maximin
Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Jamal Lewis, Matty Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick, Elliot Anderson
(Steve Bruce finally runs out of luck – Read HERE)
(Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)
(Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s defeat – Read HERE)
(Newcastle 0 Arsenal Reserves 2 – Total capitulation from Steve Bruce – Read HERE)
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