latest Newcastle United news: Shelvey reveals what’s really changed at NUFC since Howe replaced Bruce
With Eddie Howe’s Newcastle side undefeated in the Premier League since mid-December, veteran midfielder Jonjo Shelvey highlighted in a BBC interview how the new manager has transformed attitudes and beliefs in and around the club.
He claims that our teamwork has improved, speaks about the lengthier and more ‘tough’ training sessions, and believes that we are not playing on the front foot as often as we should be – something that was clear in the manner we dominated huge portions of last weekend’s stalemate against West Ham.
When Howe arrived at NUFC in November, the team was in relegation trouble, five points from safety and devoid of confidence after a dismal start to the season under Steve Bruce.
Fast forward a few months, and we may be 14th in the table if we defeat Brentford on Saturday – a game that could put us two points ahead of the Bees with two games in hand!
According to Shelvey, Howe’s effect at the club was as follows:
“He simply has a wonderful sense of belonging,” says the narrator.
“The practices are lengthy and intense, but they’re benefiting each and every one of us, so we just have to keep it up and listen to the gaffer, and we’ll be OK.”
“I just feel like we’re on the front foot more now, and there’s a great cohesion in our act, which I believe you can sense in the performances.”
“There’s a sense of community in the city, and a genuine belief in the dressing room, so we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and worry about ourselves, and I’m confident we’ll make it to the top.”
The midfielder also admitted that the early training sessions were so exhausting that he went to bed at 8 p.m.! We joke, but it’s evident that Howe’s hard work on the training field has resulted in an increase in fitness.
As Newcastle supporters, we’ve seen how Shelvey’s remarks ring true in our previous few games; with three victories and a draw from four games, the confidence, fitness levels, and team spirit have been on display for all to see.
Individual players who were with the club during the Steve Bruce period, such as Joelinton, Joe Willock, Ryan Fraser – and, of course, Jonjo Shelvey himself – have also made significant improvements, and Howe’s integration of our new arrivals into the team has been quite remarkable.
It’s encouraging to see the team smiling and gazing up the table rather than over their shoulders. On Saturday, let’s hope we can pick up another crucial three points against the struggling Bees.
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