Jonjo Shelvey can sometimes be an influential figure on the pitch, but other times the Newcastle United midfielder lets anger get the better of him.
The former Liverpool player produced some creative moments on the pitch during this afternoon’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Swansea City.
However, for spells of the game, Shelvey lacked influence and was substituted by manager Rafael Benitez with eight minutes of normal time left on the clock.
In response to getting replaced by Mikel Merino, the English midfielder appeared to bat away Benitez’s offer of a handshake.
After the match, the manager played down the incident, claiming that it is understandable when footballers are frustrated to be substituted.
Rafa Benitez has played down the incident and says any player should be disappointed to be substituted.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) January 13, 2018
Shelvey has been at the centre of rumours that he could be on his way out of Newcastle before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
According to The Express, West Ham United are keen on signing the midfielder in a deal worth around £12m.
After this latest incident involving Shelvey, some fans are ready to say goodbye.
Bad attitude bad decisions bye Shelvey #NUFC
— mark dobson (@marktoon72) January 13, 2018
He only has himself to blame!
— Clinton Forde (@FordeHaveMercy) January 13, 2018
Can’t be arsed with Shelvey’s juvenile antics. He’s not half the player he thinks he is. No time for that. #NUFC
— David O'Neill (@DavieONeill) January 13, 2018
Shelvey disrespecting Rafa 😫maybe if he hadn’t spent 80 mins wasting set-pieces and contributing nothing he wouldn’t have been hauled off? Sack him off ASAP. We don’t need his type in this battle #nufc
— Jack (@JackStanley86) January 13, 2018
Oh and if West Ham want Shelvey they can have him. His attitude problem is really wearing thin now. We really don't need crap like that at the minute. Got enough to deal with! #NUFC
— Amy (@geordiegalg) January 13, 2018
I remember watching Jonjo Shelvey play for Swansea away to Oxford in the cup. He was close to signing for #nufc. It was the most abject and pathetic display I'd ever witnessed. He can pass a ball. That's about it. Slapping Rafa's hand away is a shameful action.
— Evin (@EvG_Football) January 13, 2018
Thought Shelvey looked a bit uninterested today. Looks like him might be moving on. #NUFC
— Anthony (@ir0nMonkie) January 13, 2018
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