By Kealan Hughes

27th Feb, 2021 | 12:30pm

Jonjo Shelvey admits he couldn't play for Leeds

Newcastle player Jonjo Shelvey admits he would struggle to play for Leeds United because of the constant running.

However, he said that some of the running Rodrigo was doing in the game was “pointless”.

Shelvey told the Studs Up podcast, “That Rodrigo was in the middle and he was meant to be playing centre-midfield and he was just all over the place.

“I said to him, ‘Geez can you just stand still for one minute because you’re just running around like a nutcase’.

“Some of it was just pointless running but he said ‘my manager said I must do’.

“I couldn’t play for Leeds.”

No room for Shelvey

Leeds have built success under Marcelo Bielsa partly because of two things – the Argentine’s style of play and his demands of the players.

Everyone in the squad has bought into both – they have to if they want to get minutes on the pitch.

Rodrigo has exemplified our hard work since his arrival, as has fellow summer signing Raphinha.

It seems that unlike Shelvey, both possess a desire to better themselves and give their all for the team.

That is why we are challenging for the top half and Newcastle are dangerously close to the relegation zone.

The players’ hard work is not in vain, either.

Our high press leads to chances created and it wears down the opposition.

Tuesday’s match against Southampton was a good example of that, as it was a closely fought contest until they began to tire in the second half.

Our fitness and quality then proved too much in the 3-0 win, and we managed that without key midfielders like Kalvin Phillips and the £57,000 a week Rodrigo.

Everyone plays their part in Bielsa’s system and we are glad to have players with a positive mindset.

Shelvey could learn a thing or two.

In other Leeds United news, ‘An arrogance about him’ – Tony Cascarino makes claim about 27y/o Leeds ace.