Chris Waugh has been speaking on the latest episode of Pod on the Tyne about Jonjo Shelvey and how he’s come back to training.
It is a big summer and season for several Newcastle players who will be sweating over their future at the club knowing that PIF have the funds to replace pretty much anyone in the squad if they don’t see them as part of their long-term ambitions of winning the Premier League.
One of these players is Shelvey, who became a crucial cog in Eddie Howe’s side last term starting all but seven league games under the boss, and is now also only three games away from triggering an extension in his current deal.
However, he is aiming for a longer-term deal and has looked to do that by arriving at pre-season training a lot thinner than when the season finished in May.
Will Shelvey be a regular starter for Newcastle?
(17:20) “A very trim-looking Jonjo Shelvey, actually I almost think he looks a little bit, it’s bizarre, he looks a little bit too think he looks different in the face, he looks almost skeletal, I think he said he’d lost 32 millimeters, you know on the pinch test in terms of fat, he went to Turkey he’s been working really hard to try and get himself fit.
“He said how Eddie Howe has driven standard so much he talked about defensively he feels that Howe’s brought him on a heck of a lot and that he knows that he just has to keep raising his level not just because Newcastle are pushing on, but the Premier League and football in general.”
TIF Thoughts on Jonjo Shelvey…
It is certainly a big season for Shelvey who’s been a regular in most seasons since joining Newcastle back in January 2016 under then manager Steve McClaren, but with Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff all competing with Shelvey for a spot in midfield, it’s no guarantee the latter will be starting many games.
However, it may be a concern to Howe and Newcastle fans if Shelvey has perhaps gone too far in his pursuit of bettering himself physically by losing too much weight as that could see him bullied in both training sessions and Premier League games, so many will be hoping he’s found a good balance.