Does Jonjo Shelvey have a future at Newcastle United?

Jonjo Shelvey’s Newcastle United contract was extended in March, tying him to St. James’ Park until 2023. Since arriving in January 2016 from Swansea City, the former Liverpool midfielder has scored some very important goals for the club. Despite his importance to Newcastle United, there is a feeling that Shelvey’s future may not be with Newcastle United. The Magpies kick off the new Premier League season against West Ham followed by a home match versus Brighton. Fans can get the latest Betfred offers and use the promo code to wager on the team you believe will win.

Shelvey didn’t start life well under manager Steve Bruce in 2019-20. He struggled with Bruce’s formation and the free role given to him. Bruce dropped Shelvey due to his struggles, but the player found his way back into the team. Newcastle United’s transfer work this summer saw the addition of central midfielder Jeff Hendrick and midfielder/winger Ryan Fraser. The additions of the duo could dent Shelvey’s playing time.

In the end, Shelvey appeared in 26 of Newcastle United’s Premier League matches. The midfielder started 25 of those 26 games, including the last 11 games of the campaign. Shelvey even wore the captain’s armband for four of the team’s last five games.

The midfielder played 2,136 total minutes averaging 82.2 minutes per game. Shelvey scored six goals and tallied two assists. His expected goals total was 2.24, showing his importance in the final third. Shelvey averaged just 1.90 shots per 90 minutes.

Bruce needs a goalscoring midfielder like Shelvey. Goals were scored from inside and outside the 18-yard box in 2019-20. Two of Shelvey’s goals came from long range.

Newcastle United scored just 38 goals in 2019-20. It was the fourth lowest goals total in the Premier League. In spite of the low goals total, the Magpies exceeded their expected goals total as a team of 36.49. The additions of Callum Wilson and Fraser can provide further goalscoring, but squeezing Shelvey out can damage the Toon’s chances of collecting points.

The club’s transfer additions this season offer Bruce a wealth of options and more than Rafael Benitez had as manager. Fraser, Wilson, Hendrick, Alan Saint-Maximin, and Miguel Almiron are all available to the manager. It is difficult to believe Shelvey will be picked each game with the options now available.

The good news for Newcastle United is the options could be what helps the club push toward the upper half of the table. The top clubs in the Premier League have options on the bench. Injuries ravaged Newcastle United last term and now, Bruce can replace players without a drop off. Shelvey is under contract until 2023 and questions may be asked over his willingness to stay at the club if not picked each game.

Newcastle United’s takeover may have fallen through, but the transfer work that the club have done is promising. It isn’t the injection of millions like the club would have had under the Saudi Royal Family, but it is a step in the right direction.

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