Jonjo Shelvey is surely up there with the most frustrating players in the Premier League. Unquestionably talented, yet not consistent or disciplined enough to even hold down a guaranteed starting spot in a Newcastle side that has spent the season fighting off relegation.
But when the England international’s in the mood, he can have a telling impact on any given game, which is exactly what happened on Sunday as his free kick into the box was flicked on twice and eventually found an unmarked Matt Ritchie, who drilled past David De Gea for the only goal of the afternoon as the Magpies recorded a shock 1-0 win over the Premier League’s second-place side.
We all know about Shelvey’s technical ability, which was evident in his delivery into United’s box, but what was most impressive about the 25-year-old’s performance was how he showed real effort off the ball as well, making the most tackles and the second-most interceptions of any Newcastle player, alongside completing the most passes and having the most touches.
Amid a disturbing dearth of quality in England’s engine room, Shelvey has a real chance of making England’s World Cup squad if he can consistently replicate this level of performance – and most importantly, industriousness of the ball – between now and at the end of the season.
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