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Benitez has a big decision to make regarding Shelvey’s future

Benitez has a big decision to make regarding Shelvey’s future

With Rafael Benitez once again unlikely to get the financial backing of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley in this transfer window, the Spaniard will probably have to sanction some player sales if there are to be some new arrivals this month.

And one player currently being linked with an exit out of St. James’ Park is Jonjo Shelvey, though Benitez has confirmed to Chronicle Live that he wants to keep the midfielder at the club.

With that in mind, here are two pros and two cons of Newcastle keeping Shelvey…

Pro — Passing, Passing, Passing!

Other than Ki Sung-yueng, Shelvey is the only other midfielder in Newcastle’s squad who has good vision and the ability to play meaningful forward passes.

The Magpies have severely lacked creativity this season, and selling Shelvey would only add to that.

The 26-year-old is one of the very few bright sparks in this Newcastle team with his passing and overall technical skill.

Con — Lack of funds for incomings

Shelvey’s passing alone is not going to guarantee Premier League safety for Newcastle; they desperately need reinforcements this month.

But as previously mentioned, that is probably not going to happen until money is generated through player sales, and Shelvey offers a great opportunity to do just that with the Daily Express reporting West Ham are willing to pay over £10m for his services.

There are not too many other players in Newcastle’s squad who could bring in that sum of money, or at least based on this season.

Pro — Attacking football

This campaign, Benitez has been criticised for his ultra-defensive style of football in certain games.

And while it is not hard to see the understanding behind it, going forward, it is not something Newcastle supporters will want to see on a regular basis, which is why keeping a player such as Shelvey in the squad could be significant.

Without technical players like the England international, the Magpies would be condemned to playing in a very boring way.

Con — Unhappy player?

Looking at the direction Newcastle are heading in compared to West Ham, Shelvey may fancy a move to the London Stadium, especially considering the way Manuel Pellegrini has the Hammers playing.

And the last thing Newcastle need are unhappy players in the squad, a scenario that has cost them in the past.

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