This comes after the official Newcastle United Twitter account shared a post relaying news originally shared by Toon manager Steve Bruce during his press conference ahead of the match against Dean Smith’s side.
In the press conference, Bruce revealed that “it doesn’t look as if” Toon midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will be able to play in the match against Villa after picking up a calf injury.
This post then grabbed the attention of a lot of Toon supporters, who believed that his absence could be a positive for the team.
So, what did these Newcastle fans have to say in response to this latest news regarding Shelvey?
“THIS IS GREAT NEWS”
“Wasn’t fit enough last week either or the entirety of last season”
“Shelvey missing instantly improves us”
Looking at the replies to this post, it seems as though these Newcastle fans are quite pleased that Shelvey will seemingly miss the game against Villa this weekend.
Do you think Newcastle will have a better chance of beating Villa without Shelvey?
In our view, while it’s a shame that he has picked up an injury, the fact that he only managed to earn himself a rather disappointing 5.68/10 on the day according to WhoScored in their recent 4-2 defeat against West Ham United, making him Newcastle’s lowest-rated performer, it’s easy to see why these Newcastle fans think their team may have a better chance of beating Villa without him in the side.
Moving forward, perhaps Shelvey’s potential absence at the weekend could pave the way for Joe Willock to take his place after recently signing to the club on a permanent deal from Arsenal.