Newcastle United have experienced an indifferent start to 2020/21.
The Magpies are currently sitting in 13th place having taken 11 points from eight games, and have a goal difference of -3.
Steve Bruce’s side have shown signs of quality but ultimately, have lacked consistency.
The club have had injuries to contend with, with Jonjo Shelvey having missed the past few matches after picking up a groin injury, which required a small surgery.
In his absence, Newcastle have picked up four points and scored three goals.
Shelvey has been a curious case at St. James’ Park.
The former Liverpool and Swansea City maestro has tremendous playmaking ability and very good vision, but can sometimes frustrate supporters for not being influential or consistent enough.
Knowing what Shelvey can potentially bring to the team is perhaps a reason why some supporters sometimes get frustrated with the 28-year-old.
It cannot be denied that Shelvey – who signed for the club for £12 million in 2016 (BBC Sport) – is a very important player in Newcastle’s squad though, and when he is playing there is at least always that potential for him to deliver a killer pass from deep.
There has been some discussion on social media about whether Steve Bruce should bring him back into the side when he’s fully fit again, and it seems there is mixed opinion:
Bench Hayden. We need to be able to play out through the opposition’s pressing. Hayden sadly can’t do that.
Playing Hayden means we have to go long from the back. I think we’re better than that.
Shelvey as holding midfielder is not ideal, but it’s the only way we can play out.
— ⭐️ King of Northumbria ⭐️ (@Sandancer1977) November 15, 2020
— Jack 🇸🇦 (@jchaytor16) November 15, 2020
He’s a decent player but not under Bruce too lazy and gets away with too much walks about the pitch ect
— Deano (@Deano16976403) November 15, 2020
To Right , I’ll even iron his shirt’s
Go Shelvey ⚫⚪.
— Scooter (@Scooter_NUFC) November 15, 2020
Yeah, he’s so inconsistent but it means not playing Hendrick so swings and roundabouts
— joe (@nufcrichys) November 15, 2020
— DougDanger (@DougDanger7) November 16, 2020
Yes. Him and Hayden in a 2
— Bailey (@BaileyNUFC17) November 15, 2020
He is the only quality we have in CM,
Nobody was got in and played well,
Can see him going back in as soon as he is fit,
But we know he doesn’t have the legs so need to play sean or matty along side him,
— Stevo (@stevo4474) November 16, 2020
— Charlie (@Charliehs7) November 16, 2020
First one on the sheet
— Will (@WB_NUFC17) November 15, 2020
Sadly yes. Lazy he may be atm but we’re missing him grabbing the ball and pushing it forward.
— 🖤🤍Jayde🖤🤍 (@jegnufc91) November 15, 2020
— Damon Frank (@damon_frank14) November 15, 2020
— Scott (@scotty8113) November 15, 2020