Jonjo Shelvey has said his performance in the 4-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage could be just as useful in terms of putting himself in the shop window this summer as getting back into the Newcastle picture.
According to the Chronicle, Shelvey has been typically forthright in his assessment of his future after opening the scoring with a stunning strike in that final day romp in west London.
He said: “I needed to put in a performance to get people talking back about me either at Newcastle – or away from Newcastle. At least I’ve finished with a good performance and a goal.
“I’ll enjoy the summer and see what the summer brings now. To be fair, I’m glad to see the back of this season. I thought it was a great team performance and we thoroughly deserved the three points.”
As Newcastle have clicked into gear in the second half of the season, it has been based on discipline, slick and simple passing and lots of energy.
Shelvey’s languid style and distinctive style don’t really fit into that blueprint and it really would be no surprise to see the Englishman leave the north east this summer.
Newcastle look a better side without him in it these days, no longer needing to rely on his irregular supply line of magic passes and long-range strikes for creativity.