North East UK news The Jonjo Shelvey Manchester City stat that belies common view MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Jonjo Shelvey has faced accusations of being lazy in the past but his running stats in Newcastle's defeat to Manchester City caught many fans by surprise
Breaking News ! "The stats say different so I'm just going to continue doing what I'm doing." Newcastle United's stand-in skipper Jonjo Shelvey has previously responded to accusations from his own fans over his running stats in the Magpies' engine room. The former Liverpool midfielder's mobility and speed is regularly brought into question by supporters on social media, but the 29-year-old has been a constant first-team pick under Steve Bruce. It is an argument which has even seen club legend Rob Lee come to the playmaker's defence, insisting he is in the team for his 'great passing ability' rather than his sprints. Shelvey partnered Arsenal loanee Joe Willock and Miguel Almiron in midfield in Newcastle's narrow defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City on Friday night. The host twice took the lead, only for the visitors to continue their record-breaking run on the road courtesy of a Ferran Torres hat-trick. Read More Related Articles The six Steve Bruce untouchables Newcastle boss will build his side around next season Read More Related Articles 'Davy can be quiet' - Jonjo Shelvey faces up to Newcastle supporter's accusation that he is lazy However, analysis of the defeat on BBC's Match of the Day provided a statistic which may surprise some Newcastle fans. Viewers picked up on a graphic outlining the distance covered on the night, with Willock leading the way with 11.
. City pair Rodri and Bernardo Silva were level on 11.82km, and the next player on the list was none other than Shelvey himself with 11.28km. It was a stat which caught the eye of several United supporters on social media, and perhaps backs up the midfielder's response to a fan in a recent NUFC TV interview. Shelvey said: "I think I give off this thing with my body language - the way I run. "The way I am - I'm quite a laid back character - but listen it might look like that but the stats say different and as long as I'm doing it, being recorded and monitored, you can't get away with not running."
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