Newcastle were dumped unceremoniously out of the FA Cup on Sunday as Chelsea completed a routine 3-0 home win.
There wasn’t much for loyal Geordie fans to cheer today with most of the team looking listless and unable to compete.
There was one exception though for Newcastle and Jonjo Shelvey was the only shining light in a team that’s playing exactly how Newcastle fans must be feeling right now.
Takeover talks are in disarray and once again Rafa Benitez looks like he’s going to have no money to spend on new players.
Fans will be even more concerned that Shelvey has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals West Ham in January.
However, a Sky Sports report to day stated that the player was not for sale in January and no official approach had been made by West Ham.
That might give weary Newcastle fans something to smile about on their journey back up north today.
Meanwhile, Newcastle fans were quick to praise Shelvey after his display today despite the disappointing result.
Here is a selection of the best reactions to his game against Chelsea:
Today we saw Shelvey playing in an open system. He’s an absolutely bright young(ish) player with elite passing ability and wonderful vision. Unfortunately, Newcastle cannot afford to play a system that would reflect his skill set. #NUFC
— The Exiled Geordies (@NUFC_Podcast) January 28, 2018
If Shelvey plays how he did today plus having Atsu , Merino and Perez staring we should get something from Burnley on Wednesday #nufc
— NUFC_RAFALUTION (@NUFC_RAFALUTION) January 28, 2018
Also, someone of an #nufc persuasion please tell me that Mikel Merino is available for Wednesday? We’ve lacked creativity in the middle today, as good as Shelvey has been
— Tim Turner (@TimTurner89) January 28, 2018
Shelvey showing everyone why we need him and that he's our best player by a mile! #NUFC
— Kieran Parr (@KieranParr17) January 28, 2018
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