Jonjo Shelvey believes Newcastle United will push to establish themselves as a ‘top 10 team’ next season if we can secure Premier League survival over the coming month.
The midfielder accepts 2020/21 has been a ‘bad season’ for the club, with us spending most of the campaign at the wrong end of the table, but hopes we can ‘really kick on’ next year.
Speaking to NUFC TV, he also reveals how a holiday to Florida showed him what a ‘massive’ club this is – saying he saw Newcastle shirts everywhere he went!
Here’s what he’s had to say:
Shelvey on the club’s goal next season:
“We’ve had a bit of a bad season this year and we need to secure the status with the Premier League next season and then hopefully really kick on next year and try and establish this club as a top 10 team.
Shelvey on his personal goals:
“Just to keep getting my games and keep playing.,”
“Obviously, I’m not getting any younger – I turned 29 not so long ago.
Shelvey on NUFC’s potential:
“The club’s massive.
“You don’t realise how big this club is – even when you go on holiday.
“I went to Florida a few years ago and everywhere I went, in any part, there was someone with a Newcastle top on.
“I only ever experienced that when I was at Liverpool because Liverpool is a massive club as well but this club definitely has the potential.
“I say potential…it was there not long ago and it’s just about getting that club back to where it should be.
“For as long as I’m here, then, that’s what I’ll strive to do.”
His comments on his personal goals are ‘interesting’. For a player of his ability, surely he wants to achieve more than just getting a game every week?
Sadly, he seems guaranteed a game every week under Steve Bruce – no matter how well he plays or how hard he works.
As for a potential top 10 finish, ‘kicking on’ and striving to reach our huge potential as a club, it’s difficult to see how that happens with the current manager and owner in charge!
If there’s no takeover in the near future, let’s hope they not only stay up but prove us wrong next season.