Last night, Newcastle United travelled to the KCOM Stadium for a pre-season friendly, drawing 2-2 with Hull City. Jonjo Shelvey set up The Magpies first goal and speaking for the Newcastle website after the game, the England midfielder claimed that there was more to come from him this season.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 25 July 2018
If Shelvey was only judged on his goals and assists then he wouldn’t be very highly rated at the club, fortunately, though, the fans understand that there’s more to football than just scoring goals and getting assists. Shelvey is one of the best players at St James Park and most of the fans are gutted that their man was part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
The 26-year-old played a lovely through ball for Joselu to open the scoring against Hull and after the game, he was harsh in his criticism of himself when he claimed there was more to come from him in the upcoming season. At the age of 26, Shelvey has already turned out for three Premier League clubs and his ability is in no doubt. However, if he can add goals to his game from midfield then he will make himself a much more attractive option for any big clubs looking for a new midfielder.
You can read the Magpies’ Shelvey verdict here:
To be fair to him. He’d have had more assists last season if he had forwards in front of him capable of putting their chances away. He set up loads where they failed to do that.
— chris (@lownds9) July 25, 2018
The casual fan might judge on stats but anyone who watched Shelvey play last season knows that he is one of the best in the league in his position and 100% should've been in the England squad this summer
— Barry (@Barry88SC) July 25, 2018
Jonjo – you just keep doing you!
— Ms. L H (@exspygirl) 25 July 2018
Goals and Assists, that's the criteria good player assessment has been reduced too.
— Abeiku Quansah (@colliq6) July 25, 2018
Everyone except Gareth Southgate.
— Graeme Skidmore (@skiddy1962) July 25, 2018
anyone with a brain knows that the way he plays isn’t about assists or goals
— ross (@KenedyGeordie) July 25, 2018
Thought Jonjo was unlucky not to go with the England squad to Russia. Maybe this season he’ll be given a chance.
— ozzy (@ozzy_616) 25 July 2018
Everything that’s wrong with football now days, only goals and assists gets you credit.
— Andy – Newcastle United (@AndrewJamesNUFC) 25 July 2018
As you can see, the Geordies all love Shelvey and don’t want to see there man change the way he plays too much.