Newcastle United fans were left tearing senior midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to shreds on social media after his performance in the 1-0 defeat against West Brom on Saturday.
The Magpies welcomed the Baggies to St James’ Park for a clash which had a major say in both sides’ relegation futures, with the visitors needing to avoid defeat to ensure they did not mathematically fall into the Championship as they enter the final games of the season.
Newcastle meanwhile needed just a single point to confirm their safety in the top flight next season, but it was the midlands outfit which started the brighter of the two sides, Jake Livermore feeding an excellent ball to Matt Phillips, who emphatically struck the ball home to give his side the lead – and that was enough to secure the three points.
In what was a disappointing performance from Rafael Benitez’s men, it was Shelvey who bore much of the brunt from the Newcastle faithful on Twitter, with many claiming that he had done nowhere near enough to warrant a late call up to the England squad after coming up against Livermore, his rival for the call.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Shelvey couldn't pass wind today #NUFC
— 𝑫𝒂𝒛𝒛 𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒍𝒆𝒔 (@dazzknowles) April 28, 2018
Shelvey two games in a row showing why he isnt wanted by England and why does Ritchcie do a 2yrd pass hit like Roberto Carlos hitting a free kick
— TOON BARMY (@Aggaz82) April 28, 2018
Need more fight for the ball, you can't allow them to even pass it let alone forcing their physicality on you, Perez Ritchie Dummett & Shelvey are having a nightmare … #NUFC
— nEwCaStLe fOr LiFe (@77_SH_ER) April 28, 2018
Shelvey playing like a pleb again
— Kia (@Kia_NUFC) April 28, 2018
— Jonathan (@SpartanDetritus) April 28, 2018
Shelvey currently showing why Livermore is more likely to go to the world cup.
— Dan (@dan_hazza) April 28, 2018
Today we are seeing why Shelvey won't be going to the World Cup. Looks totally disinterested#nufc
— Sean Ebdon (@SeanEbdon) April 28, 2018
Kenedy has to square that ball to Gayle for a tap in!!!! Shelvey gives ball away and then stands still?? Crosses/long balls don't work. #nufc
— David Mitchell (@DavidMitch27) April 28, 2018
Shelvey not exactly shouting ‘pick me’ to Southgate today. #nufc
— Woodstock (@WoodyLad8) April 28, 2018
Shelvey has made 30 appearances for the Magpies this season, scoring twice and chipping in with two assists.
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