Jonjo Shelvey – Is Steve Bruce the only one who can’t see it?

In a team where high pressing and effort is required in this new formation, the question has to be asked: Why is the AT-AT of midfielders in Jonjo Shelvey continually being played?

At 28 years old, Shelvey should be a player that is in his prime but he seems to be someone defined by a mixture of plateauing, regression and pure laziness.

With the recent retirement of Yohan Cabaye, comparisons need to be made of how our current ‘midfield maestro’ or ‘quarter-back’ stacks up against the man he’s essentially filling the role of.

We purchased Shelvey two years after Cabaye left and he was supposed to be the direct replacement that would fulfil a much-needed role in our team. However, seven years after Cabaye was sold to PSG, we are still claiming that he has yet to be replaced and a large part of that is because of Shelvey is seemingly incapable of reaching anywhere near the standard set by the Frenchman.

Cabaye left Newcastle at the same age that Shelvey is now. He was 28 years old and Newcastle made a £15 million profit on him selling him to PSG.

If Jonjo Shelvey were to be sold now or in the future, would he be capable of making a switch to a similar stature of club? Would we even be able to break even on his sale? I don’t think so.

Rafael Benitez had Shelvey’s number from day one. He knew that he was a luxury player that would be a class above in the Championship but ultimately a passenger and liability in the Premier League. In fact, if Rafa had more control during his time here, I’m sure that Jonjo Shelvey would have been sold to West Ham when given the chance and he would be currently sitting on their bench as they wait to offload him.

So, what’s the solution for this current Shelvey conundrum? We need someone who can move the ball quickly, be creative and provide the energy needed to press teams fully. We need a Yohan Cabaye type player.

Well, the closest Cabaye player in our squad right now is undoubtedly Matty Longstaff.

The 20-year-old is far from Cabaye’s ability as of yet, but he has shown, in all the games that he has played for Newcastle so far, that he has the necessary attributes needed for the way we play football.

Matty Longstaff is basically a Diet Cabaye at the moment. It’s questionable whether he’ll ever reach the heights of Cabaye but he certainly provides the attributes needed to help this current set-up be the best that it can be.

In a midfield three of Hayden, Longstaff and Willock you would be guaranteed the energy and drive needed to keep play ticking in attack and defence. With Jonjo Shelvey as one of the three, you’re guaranteed a passenger who might lazily swing a leg at someone as a form of defence or ruin an attacking move by either passing it back to defence or whacking a ball into nowhere.

With Willock playing, Longstaff wouldn’t have all the creative duties solely on him so he could basically perform as the 50/50 man between defensive work with Hayden and attacking work with Willock.

If we’re serious about improving via this new 4-3-1-2 formation then Shelvey needs to be dropped for Longstaff.

12 thoughts on “Jonjo Shelvey – Is Steve Bruce the only one who can’t see it?

  1. Playing higher up the pitch will suit his brother as well. I’d rather see two Longstaffs given a run than sticking with the donkey’s who are Hendrick and Shelvey.

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  2. Oh dear – showing our bias here.

    First of all – are you honestly saying that Rafa – who sold Townsend, Cisse, WIjnaldum, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tiote, Merino, and Mitrovic did not have the “control” to sell Shelvey?

    You claim that “Rafael Benitez had Shelvey’s number from day one…….that he was a luxury player that would be ……..ultimately a passenger and liability in the Premier League.” and you ask “Is Bruce the only one who can’t see it?”

    Rafa played Shelvey 30 times in his first season in the Prem and 16 the next. Taking into account injury that’s hardly an indication that Rafa thought he was not good enough.

    You take players for their capabilities, not their failings.

    Miggy and ASM are not in our team for their decision making, shooting and heading.
    Hayden is not their for his deft touch and his passing.
    Lascelles is not their for his dribbling and distribution.

    And you are correct – Shelvey is not the full package. He is not a dribbler, he is not a blocker and he is not super fit, the latter is usually exacerbated by the fact that he makes himself available when injured.
    But what he does do is control the tempo of the game.
    And what he also has – something you boo-boys conveniently ignore, is possibly the best range of passing in the league, which is what you need when your only method of attack is playing on the break to players like ASM and Miggy.
    Then there’s his set pieces and his willingness to have a crack at goal, something sadly missing in the rest of the team.

    Hot and cold? Yes – but at least he’s plumbed in.

    You put him in there to provide that one pass. That one set piece that wins the game.

    Well before your time mate, coz I realise you are only 7 with no experience, but get onto the school library (Youtube) and look up players like Glen Hoddle. Track back and tackle were just alien concepts. They were there to do one thing only, and they did it superbly.

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  3. Helen Clarey:
    Oh dear – showing our bias here.

    First of all – are you honestly saying that Rafa– who sold Townsend, Cisse, WIjnaldum, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tiote, Merino, and Mitrovic did not have the “control” to sell Shelvey?

    You claim that “Rafael Benitez had Shelvey’s number from day one…….that he was a luxury player that would be ……..ultimately a passenger and liability in the Premier League.” and you ask “Is Bruce the only one who can’t see it?”

    Rafa played Shelvey 30 times in his first season in the Prem and 16 the next. Taking into account injury that’shardly an indication that Rafa thought he was not good enough.

    You take players for their capabilities, not their failings.

    Miggy and ASM are not in our team for their decision making, shooting and heading.
    Hayden is not their for his deft touch and his passing.
    Lascelles is not their for his dribbling and distribution.

    And you are correct – Shelvey is not the full package. He is not a dribbler, he is not a blocker and he is not super fit, the latter is usually exacerbated by the fact that he makes himself available when injured.
    But what he does do is control the tempo of the game.
    And what he also has – something you boo-boys conveniently ignore,is possibly the best range of passing in the league, which is what you need when your only method of attack is playing on the break to players like ASM and Miggy.
    Then there’s his set pieces and his willingness to have a crack at goal, something sadly missing in the rest of the team.

    Hot and cold? Yes – but at least he’s plumbed in.

    You put him in there to provide that one pass. That one set piece that wins the game.

    Well before your time mate, coz I realise you are only 7 with no experience, but get onto the school library (Youtube) and look up players like Glen Hoddle. Track back and tackle were just alien concepts. They were there to do one thing only, and they did it superbly.

    lol are u ok?

    It doesn’t matter how well he passes a ball once or twice a game if he offers literally nothing else. Watch Jonjo and only Jonjo for any passage of play where we don’t have possession, he’s hilariously bad. He also frequently makes errors in tracking or failed tackles or interceptions that lead to goals. He’s a liability and what he can do good isn’t worth it.

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  4. Check out Jonjo’s PL assists Helen. And the league was much slower when hoddle played. Now it is like a video game.

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  5. When you are in a relegation scrap toe need a fighter who gives all for the team, Shelvey is not that person.
    You need your best goalkeeper, Darlow although a decent replacement is not that person.
    You need a right back who has positional sense, Krafth is not that person.
    You need people who are determined and are prepared to graft, like Matt Ritchie for example.
    You also need a manager who is capable of seeing this, Bruce is not that manager.

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  6. Helen Clarey:
    Oh dear – showing our bias here.

    First of all – are you honestly saying that Rafa– who sold Townsend, Cisse, WIjnaldum, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tiote, Merino, and Mitrovic did not have the “control” to sell Shelvey?

    You claim that “Rafael Benitez had Shelvey’s number from day one…….that he was a luxury player that would be ……..ultimately a passenger and liability in the Premier League.” and you ask “Is Bruce the only one who can’t see it?”

    Rafa played Shelvey 30 times in his first season in the Prem and 16 the next. Taking into account injury that’shardly an indication that Rafa thought he was not good enough.

    You take players for their capabilities, not their failings.

    Miggy and ASM are not in our team for their decision making, shooting and heading.
    Hayden is not their for his deft touch and his passing.
    Lascelles is not their for his dribbling and distribution.

    And you are correct – Shelvey is not the full package. He is not a dribbler, he is not a blocker and he is not super fit, the latter is usually exacerbated by the fact that he makes himself available when injured.
    But what he does do is control the tempo of the game.
    And what he also has – something you boo-boys conveniently ignore,is possibly the best range of passing in the league, which is what you need when your only method of attack is playing on the break to players like ASM and Miggy.
    Then there’s his set pieces and his willingness to have a crack at goal, something sadly missing in the rest of the team.

    Hot and cold? Yes – but at least he’s plumbed in.

    You put him in there to provide that one pass. That one set piece that wins the game.

    Well before your time mate, coz I realise you are only 7 with no experience, but get onto the school library (Youtube) and look up players like Glen Hoddle. Track back and tackle were just alien concepts. They were there to do one thing only, and they did it superbly.

    Well said Helen .. this lot would rather see 11 mo farahs on the pitch .. it’s footballers we want to see not runners

    Helen Clarey:
    Oh dear – showing our bias here.

    First of all – are you honestly saying that Rafa– who sold Townsend, Cisse, WIjnaldum, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tiote, Merino, and Mitrovic did not have the “control” to sell Shelvey?

    You claim that “Rafael Benitez had Shelvey’s number from day one…….that he was a luxury player that would be ……..ultimately a passenger and liability in the Premier League.” and you ask “Is Bruce the only one who can’t see it?”

    Rafa played Shelvey 30 times in his first season in the Prem and 16 the next. Taking into account injury that’shardly an indication that Rafa thought he was not good enough.

    You take players for their capabilities, not their failings.

    Miggy and ASM are not in our team for their decision making, shooting and heading.
    Hayden is not their for his deft touch and his passing.
    Lascelles is not their for his dribbling and distribution.

    And you are correct – Shelvey is not the full package. He is not a dribbler, he is not a blocker and he is not super fit, the latter is usually exacerbated by the fact that he makes himself available when injured.
    But what he does do is control the tempo of the game.
    And what he also has – something you boo-boys conveniently ignore,is possibly the best range of passing in the league, which is what you need when your only method of attack is playing on the break to players like ASM and Miggy.
    Then there’s his set pieces and his willingness to have a crack at goal, something sadly missing in the rest of the team.

    Hot and cold? Yes – but at least he’s plumbed in.

    You put him in there to provide that one pass. That one set piece that wins the game.

    Well before your time mate, coz I realise you are only 7 with no experience, but get onto the school library (Youtube) and look up players like Glen Hoddle. Track back and tackle were just alien concepts. They were there to do one thing only, and they did it superbly.

    nathan: lol are u ok?

    It doesn’t matter how well he passes a ball once or twice a game if he offers literally nothing else. Watch Jonjo and only Jonjo for any passage of play where we don’t have possession, he’s hilariously bad. He also frequently makes errors in tracking or failed tackles or interceptions that lead to goals. He’s a liability and what he can do good isn’t worth it.

    nathan: lol are u ok?

    It doesn’t matter how well he passes a ball once or twice a game if he offers literally nothing else. Watch Jonjo and only Jonjo for any passage of play where we don’t have possession, he’s hilariously bad. He also frequently makes errors in tracking or failed tackles or interceptions that lead to goals. He’s a liability and what he can do good isn’t worth it.

    nathan: lol are u ok?

    It doesn’t matter how well he passes a ball once or twice a game if he offers literally nothing else. Watch Jonjo and only Jonjo for any passage of play where we don’t have possession, he’s hilariously bad. He also frequently makes errors in tracking or failed tackles or interceptions that lead to goals. He’s a liability and what he can do good isn’t worth it.

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  7. Well said Helen..the shelvey haters would rather see 11 mo farahs running around the pitch than footballers … they know nothing about football

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