Jonjo Shelvey has told Guardian that he was ‘surprised and frustrated’ to be left out of Newcastle United’s team for their match against Swansea City last weekend.
Shelvey joined Newcastle in the January transfer window, and he has played a key role so far.
The central midfielder had worn the captain’s armband in his first few weeks at Tyneside, but he was dropped to the substitutes’ bench for Newcastle’s latest fixture.
Few had expected Rafael Benitez to drop the England international, and even Shelvey claims that he hasn’t had an explanation as to why he was left on the bench yet.
“I was a bit surprised and frustrated to be left out against my old club,” Shelvey said. “But I think he [Benítez] knows what he’s doing. With his CV you can’t exactly criticise him. I didn’t get an explanation but it’s not about me, it’s about this club and maintaining Premier League status. We’re all in it together.”
Benitez will feel that his decision to drop Shelvey was vindicated, as Newcastle picked up a hugely important victory over the Swans.
The Magpies won 3-0 against the Welsh team, with Jamaal Lascelles, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend all getting on the scoresheet.
Newcastle are now only three points adrift of safety, and they have a game in hand over 17th placed Norwich City.
Newcastle are next in action on Tuesday evening against Manchester City, and it remains to be seen whether Shelvey will be involved again.