Jonjo Shelvey has had plenty of chances at Newcastle, but after a dreadful display against Brighton on Saturday, surely the last of those has just been and gone.
A player who has always been able to thread the eye of a needle with a football, he did not look capable of finding a teammate from 10 yards on Saturday.
He spent much of the game strolling around the middle of the pitch, letting the game pass him by, and when he did get on the ball, he did not look like the player that used to turn defence into attack.
In fact, his most telling contribution was a first half corner that Joelinton, with a free header, somehow managed to miss the target with from eight yards out.
Time has run out at Newcastle for Shelvey
Last season, Rafa Benitez was reluctant to restore him to the starting lineup – a decision that I questioned at the time – but having seen his performances this season, it is understandable.
With all the talent that Shelvey undoubtedly has, and the need to impress the manager, with Sean Longstaff close to a return, why he suddenly looks so uninterested, is a mystery.
After all the positive things he said about Bruce, sticking up for him in the face of derision and criticism from the fans and media, you would expect him to be busting a gut for the manager.
He gives the air of a player whose heart is not in the cause, and whose head is already away from Tyneside.
Patience can only last so long, and Steve Bruce’s must be wearing thin now.
After his recent showings, he should be one of the first players on his way to pastures new in January, and should be a mere bench-warmer for Newcastle until then.