With inconsistency across his tenure with Newcastle United, could the best version of Jonjo Shelvey be on the horizon for the Magpies?
When Newcastle United were successful this season, it often lined up when midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was playing well. In the five matches that he scored a goal in this Premier League campaign, Newcastle only lost one. In March, he was awarded a new contract that runs until 2023. Has the mercurial midfielder finally turned a new leaf at 28 years old?
The issue with Shelvey has always been a lack of consistency, both mentally and physically. Since joining the Magpies, there have been suspensions due to his notorious temper and stretches of matches that he’s looked uninspired on the pitch. Injuries have also derailed him at times, including this season.
This season, we saw some of the best soccer Shelvey has played in years. He’s the club’s leading scorer, despite playing as a central midfielder that isn’t known for his prolific scoring record. Shelvey flashed his unique ability to slice passes across the pitch, out to the wing or over the top behind the opposing backline.
He also stepped up as a leader at times, wearing the captain’s armband when Jamaal Lascelles was out. That’s a major step from someone that could have been looked at as a malcontent in other seasons.
With a potential influx of improved players, could we finally see the best of Jonjo Shelvey? His passing ability is rare and can help open things up for the wingers and strikers. If he can stay healthy and locked in, Shelvey could be a mainstay in the Magpies’ midfield under the new regime.