Shelvey taking extreme lengths to curb discipline after red card in Newcastle loss v Tottenham
By Danny Wright
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has revealed that he is receiving help from a psychologist after enduring a number of different disciplinary issues in his career.
The 25-year-old was given his marching orders on Sunday in Newcastle’s opening match of the season against Tottenham for appearing to stamp on Dele Alli in the second half.
The scores were level when Shelvey was shown the red card, but with Rafa Benitez’s side down to 10, they soon capitulated and suffered a 2-0 loss on their return to the top-flight.
Shelvey has now confessed that he has taken the extreme length of getting professional help to deal with his anger issues, which became apparent to him last season when he got shown red for kicking out at Henri Lansbury in his side’s clash with Nottingham Forest.
“Look, sometimes I just need to reign in it in on the football pitch,” Shelvey told the Daily Mail. “I need to just shut up and stuff. I need to not get involved and walk away.
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“I started to see a psychologist last year to work on the mental side of things. It was after the Forest game. I was sent off.
“I had kicked out at this lad and it was just childish.”
Shelvey was a key part of the Newcastle squad that managed to win the Championship title last season and with Benitez unhappy at being unable to strengthen his squad as much as he would have hoped this summer, the Spanish boss will be needing as many players available as possible.
However the former Liverpool and Swansea midfielder is now expected to be handed a three-match ban after his costly antics at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have made a fresh approach for this top-flight duo.