There was a lot of speculation about Jonjo Shelvey leaving Newcastle this summer, and West Ham seemed his most likely destination.
The midfielder wasn’t a favourite of Rafa Benitez, but his departure and the arrival of Steve Bruce meant Shelvey remained at St James’ Park.
But just how close was he to leaving the Magpies? Well according to his interview with the Guardian, very.
“I was close to leaving but the club said ‘no’.” he said.
“I’m happy here, I love living in this city. I’ve never once stated I wanted to leave.”
Something doesn’t really add up here. Shelvey doesn’t want to leave, but nearly did leave. And the reason he didn’t leave was the club’s decision. So why did he nearly leave? Was it just an agent trying to force a move? Or were West Ham the club that said no? Who knows.
But either way, Shelvey’s words of commitment are good to see. However, they need to translate to performances on the pitch. The midfielder has endured a tough start to the campaign despite a promising pre-season.
He was dropped at the weekend as Newcastle got their first win of the season.
West Ham also got their first win last weekend, beating Watford 2-1 away from home. But what do supporters make of talk that Shelvey could’ve been a Hammer this summer? Well, some seem to be very happy that he didn’t sign on the dotted line and remained with Newcastle.
West Ham fans react to Shelvey’s comments
Hes a walking red card. Would rather have signed Mooy
— Blake (@heavy_sunshine) August 30, 2019
Thank goodness, he wouldn’t solve our midfield issues – we need someone with legs in the middle (Sangare)
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) August 30, 2019
Last person we need, unless he has changed to a CDM?
— JB (@1MrLondon) August 30, 2019
— tracey andrews (@lemlem75) August 30, 2019
I like shelvey. As a west ham boy would be good to see him play for us, but at this time i dont think he’s quite the right midfielder to fill that gap for us. Could be a decent replacement for nobes in a couple of years.
— Christopher (@BirdLawExpert1) August 30, 2019
Bloody hope not
— Billy Bonds Claret & Blue Army (@Smackit0) August 30, 2019