Newcastle United completed their 2018/19 campaign with a demolition job on a hapless Fulham side. The Magpies won 4-0 courtesy of goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon.
Rafa Benitez’s team finished in 13th place in the Premier League and the immediate task for Newcastle is to sort out the Spaniard’s future. The boss is out of contract in the summer with no fresh deal penned just yet.
Whoever is in charge of the club will probably oversee a sizeable squad overhaul. The Magpies have regressed in terms of league position and reinforcements are clearly required at St James’ Park.
The future of Jonjo Shelvey is an interesting topic of discussion. Some supporters believe that yesterday’s surprise inclusion in the starting eleven indicates a pending summer departure.
Shelvey has started just 10 games for Benitez this season having fallen way out of the first-team reckoning. It’s a remarkable fall from grace considering some supporters were disgruntled last summer that Gareth Southgate hadn’t selected him to head to the World Cup.
The 27-year-old has played 111 games for the Magpies and the club should think very carefully before deciding his future. Shelvey is still a good player. Okay, he has lost his way a bit during the last 12 months, but to replace him is going to cost a decent amount of money.
Next season is a big one for Shelvey. He needs to knuckle down and get back to his good form of the last campaign. If he can do that then Newcastle still have a player boasting real class on their hands and he can be instrumental towards a progression up the league.