Jonjo Shelvey reacts to a telling statistic for him at Newcastle United

Jonjo Shelvey wants to get back among the goals when the Premier League restarts.

The Newcastle United midfielder has scored five Premier League goals this season, a career-best total, ahead of Sunday’s home game against Sheffield United. Shelvey – who scored a controversial goal in December’s 2-0 win at Bramall Lane – is relishing the restart after a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I can’t wait – it’s been a long time,” said Shelvey. “I think it’s something that the public needs. Gradually, things are starting to open up, which is good. Football’s a big part of the community, so it’s good to have it back.”

Shelvey, troubled by a thigh injury last season, signed a contract extension this year following a return to form.

Jonjo Shelvey.

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“All in all it’s been a good season,” the 28-year-old told NUFC TV. “I’ve scored five goals, and hopefully more to come.”