It’s never looked upon positively to sell a great player, especially when genuinely great players are few and far between at your club. That’s, unfortunately, the case at Newcastle, with our squad struggling to live up to the rigours of Premier League football.
For every great player in the squad, there are more than a few average individuals, but nonetheless, maybe in this instance, Newcastle would be wise to cash-in on one of their best.
Rafael Benitez, according to the Chronicle Live, has recently put down suggestions of a departure for Jonjo Shelvey, with the manager clearly keen to keep him at the club. There’s certainly a lot of merit for that perspective, but would selling the Englishman really be that bad for the Magpies?
After all, Shelvey is rated at £13.5m by Transfer Markt, and you’d expect – given the fact that it’s January and considering how inflated the market is at present – that Newcastle would be able to garner even more from a potential sale. Of course, financial constraints have really made life tough for Newcastle this season, and without the signing of a few players, it’s hard to see us comfortably avoiding relegation. So, by selling Shelvey for a significant fee, perhaps that’s the only way for Benitez to bring in a few much-needed bodies. They may not necessarily be better than Shelvey, but a lack of depth is an issue at Newcastle – and a few good players may be better than one great player.
There’s also Shelvey himself, who raises more than a few question marks. He’s currently injured, and he’s had a fair amount of injuries throughout his career, and that’s always a worry. It makes him less of a reliable player. There’s also his disciplinary record, with the midfielder having a tendency to kick out and be brash.
Shelvey’s crucial for Newcastle, but he’s also expendable. We’re better with him, but if we can get a decent fee and bring a few new faces in; that might make our quest to remain in the Premier League a much easier one.