Jonjo Shelvey may have temporarily resurrected his Newcastle United career thanks to Steve Bruce, but today’s performance against Norwich City showed the midfielder has a long way to go to win back some Toon fans.

The best and worst of Jonjo Shelvey was on show in an embarrassing 3-1 defeat at Carrow Road, and Shelvey’s lacklustre display came under particular criticism from incensed Newcastle fans.

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The Englishman is undoubtedly a talented player, with a fantastic passing range and vision that most midfielders would envy.

But Shelvey’s relaxed style, and lack of intensity or work rate makes him also incredibly frustrating to watch, especially when the midfield are called upon to press or defend.

It was a problem that saw him dropped from the side under Rafa Benitez, as the Englishman did not meet the manager’s defensive standards.

But under Bruce, Shelvey is back at the helm of midfield and back to disappointing supporters.

For over 90 minutes this afternoon, Shelvey trotted around the pitch while The Canaries completely overran the Toon’s midfield and dominated the game.

When he did get the ball, there was little to no examples of his stunning vision, as he failed on many occasions to pick out strikers Joelinton and Miguel Almiron.

It was perhaps surprising that Shelvey wasn’t taken off, as fan favourite Sean Longstaff sat on the bench for much of the game, a player who could provide the intensity Newcastle so desperately lacked.

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki soon took advantage of a slow and ponderous Toon side, scoring all three of Norwich’s goals within 75 minutes.

With their heads down, the Toon looked desperate for the game to be over, and continued to struggle to get a hold on the match for the remaining minutes.

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And then out of nowhere, after a game of anonymity, Jonjo Shelvey scored.

With the game in stoppage time and seemingly over, Shelvey netted a brilliant consolation goal, receiving the ball in the box, jinking past a defender and slotting home.

However there were no cheers for the goal scorer from the away end, as travelling NUFC fans were clearly in complete disarray over the team’s display.

Shelvey’s goal was a reminder to his critics just what sort of magic he can bring to Newcastle United, but for many Toon fans, the bad is beginning to completely outweigh the good.

Newcastle fans react to Shelvey performance


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