Jonjo Shelvey reveals why Newcastle are finding it harder to score this season

Jonjo Shelvey wrestles with Charlie Daniels of Bournemouth
Jonjo Shelvey wrestles with Charlie Daniels of Bournemouth

Jonjo Shelvey says Newcastle United need goals from ALL over the pitch.

The club has struggled for goals in the Premier League so far this season.

You need to chip in with goals from all over the pitch. That’s something we’ll keep working on, on the training pitch, and hopefully it’ll pay off.

Jonjo Shelvey

Joselu and Jamaal Lascelles – who have both netted twice in the league – are Newcastle’s leading scorers.

Dwight Gayle got off the mark in last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, while Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted twice in the Carabao Cup.

Shelvey – who scored five goals during the club’s Championship-winning season – is yet to score for the club in the top flight.

And the midfielder – who wore the captain’s armband at Old Trafford in the absence of injured skipper Lascelles – is keen to chip in himself.

Asked about United’s record in front of goal this season, Shelvey said: “The players are a lot more tactically aware in this league, and it’s a lot harder than the Championship.

“You probably get a lot more time on the ball, but the defenders are in better positions, so it’s a lot harder to create chances and score chances.

“At the end of the day, we’re doing all right. We probably just need to score a few more goals.

“It isn’t just down to the attacking players, either. You need to chip in with goals from all over the pitch.

“That’s something we’ll keep working on, on the training pitch, and hopefully it’ll pay off.”

Shelvey and his team-mates are preparing for Saturday’s sold-out home game against eighth-placed Watford, who could lose their manager Marco Silva to Everton.

Newcastle are 11th in the Premier League after three successive defeats.

The game will be refereed by Lancashire official Christopher Kavanagh.

Meanwhile, United’s Under-23s will play their Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final tie against Blyth AFC on December 22 (7.30pm kick-off). The game will be staged at Whitley Park, Benton.

Peter Beardsley’s side returned to winning ways on Monday with a 4-1 Premier League 2 victory over Reading.