Some Newcastle United fans have been showering praise on Jonjo Shelvey for his performance against Brentford yesterday.
The club once again failed to win, but showed good character to come from behind in the game twice to take a point.
Jamaal Lascelles, Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin were the scorers for the hosts, who had 23 shots in total.
Newcastle actually looked pretty good offensively.
Unfortunately, the porous defence was again the downfall.
It was good though to see everybody playing with the intensity and urgency that was lacking so much under the previous manager.
One man who had a pretty decent outing yesterday, was Jonjo Shelvey.
The £13 million midfielder has often been criticised during his time at St. James’ Park.
Some often say that, as good as he can be on the ball, he doesn’t work hard enough and that he doesn’t press.
It was always going to be interesting to see how he would respond to Eddie Howe’s arrival.
Howe had actually sang Shelvey’s praises in the build-up to the game, branding him ‘an incredible technician’.
Well yesterday, he was one of Newcastle’s best players, and seemed to be busting a gut much more than usual.
Newcastle fans react to Jonjo Shelvey performance against Brentford
On social media, some fans have been reacting to Jonjo Shelvey’s performance against Brentford.
Many found it very refreshing to see the 29-year-old having much more influence than usual:
i hope shelvey performs like he did yesterday consistently, his passing range can be world class at times
— rob (@rlnufcV3) November 21, 2021
I thought Shelvey looked good yesterday. Just goes to show when you attack he’s at his best. His game is not sitting back like he’s been used for the last 5 years. He’s much better when played in a more advanced role. No wonder he got frustrated at times with the negative tactics
— stevenufc (@stevenufc3) November 21, 2021
It was refreshing watching Shelvey working hard. It also begs the question of his attitude before though.
— grumpy_old_sod (@AndyHarle1968) November 21, 2021
Shelvey was brilliant yesterday and I think he’s be important under howe. Joelinton, I mean if he plays like that every game, we will have a serious talent on our hands because he was incredible. Needs to work on not slipping all the time though haha
— Corey (@ToxicYeroc) November 21, 2021
Not many players in the Premier have his vision or passing ability. Vision can’t be taught. He has an amazing talent just needs unlocking and needs the right attitude and effort. Shows glimpses of absolute class. Hasn’t for a while. Looked like the Shelvey we love yesterday.
— Newbrook82 (@newbrook82) November 21, 2021
Shelvey had in best game in a long time. Looked composed, sensible and close to the player everyone knows is in there
— Newcastle United Orlando 🇺🇸⚫️⚪️ (@NUFCOrlando) November 21, 2021
The enigma that is Jonjo Shelvey surprised and delighted at times yesterday. His confidence is up after the ringing endorsement of his manager and he sprayed the ball around with aplomb. I was waiting to see him go off the boil but he kept his workrate going to the end. #NUFC
— magpie736 (@magpie736) November 21, 2021