Jonjo Shelvey has responded to a Newcastle United fans asking why he looks ‘lazy’ during games, insisting that his running stats say very different.
This comes from the club’s latest ‘Zoom Army’ feature – which gives supporters the chance to ask first-team players a question – as Newcastle fan Davy asked to stand-in skipper ‘why are you so lazy?’
The midfielder admitted that his body language and style of running often gives people the wrong impression, but believes he wouldn’t get away with being lazy – claiming his unseen numbers are ‘proof’ he puts in a shift.
Here’s what Jonjo had to say in response:
“I think I give off this thing with my body language – the way I run,”
“The way I am – I’m quite a laid back character – but listen it might look like that but the stats say different and as long as I’m doing it, being recorded and monitored, you can’t get away with not running.
“I know it might seem like I’m not running or that I’m lazy but the stats say different so I’m just going to continue doing what I’m doing.
“If I’m going, to be honest, I’ll take not running at all and win the game comfortably, keep the ball and play possession football, but you can’t get away with anything these days.
“You need to roll your sleeves up, run and I feel that’s what the stats show I’m doing and the proof is in writing so Davy can be quiet.”
I do think that Shelvey’s style of running and body language can sometimes work against him, however I do feel he lacks the pace or mobility of a modern day midfielder.
Sometimes he tries to get back but is simply too slow, yet on other occasions it looks like his head is gone and he doesn’t have the desire the get back into a good defensive position or track runners.
Either way, I don’t believe for a second that Bruce would take him out his Newcastle United side if his ‘running stats’ dipped!