Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has responded to accusations that he is lazy in games.
The 29-year-old was participating in a feature for the club’s official YouTube channel called ‘Zoom Army’, when someone called ‘Davy’ straight up asked him.
It is a stick that is often used to beat Shelvey with.
Toon fans acknowledge he has brilliant vision and can execute passes that few others in the Newcastle squad can.
But his work rate has tended to come under fire.
Responding to the person for the video, Shelvey clapped back: “I think I give off this thing with my body language – the way I run.
“The way I am – I’m quite a laid back character – but listen it might look like that but the stats say different and as long as I’m doing it, being recorded and monitored, you can’t get away with not running.
“You need to roll your sleeves up, run and I feel that’s what the stats show I’m doing and the proof is in writing so Davy can be quiet.”
Shelvey has started the last 15 Premier League games for Newcastle, and played 90 minutes in each of those outings.
Improve the body language
Shelvey might well be doing ‘enough’ statistically, but sometimes fans need to see that a player is looking lively and sharp – even if they aren’t really doing much.
If he is to shake this reputation, then he’s got to cut out the ambling which he can be prone to.
At least the player recognises it may be a body language thing, and hopefully he’ll make a positive change from this point.