Lee Ryder slammed the display of Jonjo Shelvey as Newcastle United slumped to a 2-0 away loss at the hands of Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday night.
Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore scored the goals in the first half and they were more than enough to give Dean Smith’s team all three points in the end, with the St. James’ Park faithful having very little to offer once again.
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There were plenty of rather dismal performances for the Tyneside club, including that of Jamal Lewis, who lost possession of the ball no fewer than 23 times in the game, the joint-most with Shelvey, as he earned himself a very poor 5.6 overall rating on Sofascore, the lowest out of any player to have set foot on the pitch by far.
Nonetheless, although Ryder did dig into a few of the Magpies players in his post-match ratings piece for The Chronicle, it was his verdict on Shelvey that stood out, suggesting that he was at fault for the first goal and that he ‘lacked purpose’ despite having ‘plenty of touches’ of the ball, giving him a 4/10 overall rating, the joint-second lowest behind Jeff Hendrick, who he gave a 3/10.
Shelvey poor for Newcastle
Aside from failing to block the cross that led to the opening goal of the night for Aston Villa, Shelvey’s game, in general, was very poor, as even though he recorded the most touches of the ball (65) out of any of his teammates, he failed to create many clear-cut chances for his teammates, with Steve Bruce’s side only managing a mere one shot on target in the whole match (Sofascore).
Given that the former Liverpool man also lost possession 23 times, it meant that he lost the ball roughly once every 2.8 touches on average, which is simply not good enough given that the Magpies only managed to have 41% of the ball in total.
It was another night to forget for both Shelvey and the Toon as they dropped ever closer to the relegation zone.
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