Jonjo Shelvey has reportedly hatched a plan to watch his former club Newcastle United take on Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final this weekend.
That is according to the Athletic, who state that the midfielder is going to stay in London after his new side Nottingham Forest play against West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Forest will be looking to take another huge step towards survival against the struggling Hammers, but then Shelvey will turn his attention to Newcastle taking over the capital.
He is planning to be at Wembley for the game, and will actually receive a medal if Eddie Howe’s side win. The 30-year-old made two appearances during the Magpies’ run to the final.
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Jonjo Shelvey could have been playing for Newcastle at Wembley
The final comes less than a month after Shelvey bid farewell to Newcastle. He signed for Forest on transfer deadline day, and received a wonderful send off from Toon fans during the Carabao Cup semi final win over Southampton.
He will be in the stands to cheer on his friends and former teammates. But he could have been playing had things gone differently.
Shelvey decided that a move to Forest was best for his career, and that was understandable. He had fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park, while Steve Cooper’s side were offering him more security with a longer contract.
The move made sense, but his absence has certainly been felt already. Newcastle have had a mini crisis in midfield, with injury and suspension limiting Howe’s options.
That would have meant Shelvey would have played in recent weeks, and given himself a great chance of starting in the cup final.
However, he decided to sign for Forest and will now be watching the game as a fan. It is excellent to hear that Shelvey will be at Wembley, as he deserves to be there after everything he did for the club during his time on Tyneside.