While the new arrival isn't going to single-handily drag Newcastle up the league, signing a player of Shelvey's quality is a sign to the club's fans that they are definitely not ready to throw the towel in just yet. Despite failing to really establish himself at Liverpool following his move from Charlton Athletic as a teenager, Shelvey showed during his three years at the Liberty Stadium that he is a very useful player to have in this league.
Newcastle United haven't made a habit of signing English talent in recent years, but a change in tact has seen the club spend £12 million to bring Jonjo Shelvey to St James’ Park from Swansea City. Despite being a regular member in Roy Hodgson's England squads this season, the Welsh club had been looking to sell the midfielder. Newcastle's desire for some more attacking threat in the middle of the park has seen them spend a significant sum of money to sign Shelvey on a five-and-a-half-year deal.
The 23-year-old's time with Swansea came to an end just days after the midfielder took exception to criticism from sections of the club's fan-base following their FA Cup defeat to Oxford, with Shelvey reportedly getting involved in an argument with one fan in particular. With the Welsh club facing the prospect of a relegation battle this year, Swansea need funds to try and bolster their squad after a tough season so far, knowing survival in this campaign would see them receive the bumper cash TV package that comes into force next season.
Having signed a new contract with the Swans in the summer, Shelvey wasn't expected to be leaving the Liberty Stadium anytime soon. But a lot has changed at the club over the course of a few months, and Garry Monk's departure coincided with a poor run of form from one of last season's most consistent players. It wasn't long before new head coach Alan Curtis dropped Shelvey to the bench, and this move will now allow the Welsh club try strengthen their squad before the end of January.
For Shelvey, though, he's leaping from the frying pan into the fire. With Newcastle at the time of writing placed 18th in the table and priced at around 8/11 to be relegated with much of the Premier League betting, the new signing won't have time to get used to his new surroundings. The Magpies desperately need to start putting together a winning run. The thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United will have given Steve McClaren's men a huge amount of confidence having come back from being 2-0 down. The task is to now start racking up some wins and putting some distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Having been involved in England's Euro 2016 qualification campaign, Shelvey will now be looking to do enough during the rest of the season to earn a place in Hodgson's 23-man squad that will make the short trip to France for this summer's tournament. Playing a crucial role in Newcastle avoiding relegation would be a real achievement to have on Shelvey's C.V. and would certainly improve his hopes of being on that plane to the European Championship in the summer.
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