Will Jonjo Shelvey even be reinstated into the Newcastle United starting lineup before the summer, having been linked with a move to West Ham of late?
There seem to be no guarantees on that, with the experienced candidate having lost his place in the lineup. The brilliant work from Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden has all but compelled Rafa Benitez to promote them as regulars for the Magpies as they climb away from the treacherous waters of the relegation battle.
Shelvey is currently recovering from an injury, having last played in early January against Manchester United. In his absence, Benitez’s used youth to rejuvenate Newcastle’s season and get them out of the relegation zone, lifting everybody on Tyneside along the way.
So, the former Liverpool man now needs to work his way up the ladder at Newcastle.
There’s actually no guarantees he’ll manage to do that. With talk of him being in line for a move to the capital over the course of the summer, Shelvey’s future at Newcastle looks bleak right now.
Still, that being said, the Magpies would be fools to deplete their weak squad even further by letting go of such an energetic, quality figure.
Shelvey’s reputation in controlling their midfield is unparalleled outside of the top six, as he’s enabled to push through against big oppositions and dominate inferior ones. Be it his ability to score worldies, impressive distribution or “dirty” reputation of breaking down attacks, the England international possesses the traits of a Magpie through and through.
While it’s evident how Benitez wants to usher in a new era for Newcastle, letting go of Shelvey will only push that back. Despite having his share of injuries, the central-midfielder is a much more experienced, cunning figure than both Hayden and Longstaff.
Yes, the aforementioned pair are playing well now – though Longstaff’s season looks to be over – but there are no guarantees that kind of form can be produced during a whole campaign next season. With Hayden himself being pretty open in his desire to leave to move back down south, allowing Shelvey to walk out would be stupid.
The youngsters’ bright form doesn’t allow Shelvey an easy path back into the lineup. However, with his wit and willingness, Shelvey can draft back into the heart of Newcastle’s midfield to help dictate play and break the oppositions.
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