Jonjo Shelvey nearly scores outrageous 50-yard goal for Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday

Jonjo Shelvey has endured a somewhat chequered football career to date, but now faces the prospect of returning to the Premier League with Newcastle United.

Having been a part of both Arsenal and West Ham’s youth ranks, Shelvey later joined Charlton where he broke into the first team before earning a move to Liverpool in 2010.

From there, the midfielder endured a brief loan spell at Blackpool in 2011, before moving onto Swansea City and then linking up with the Magpies last January.


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Shelvey hasn’t always lived up to the hype surrounding him in his fairly short career to date, and when Newcastle were relegated at the end of last season, rather than moving on, the Englishman stayed put to fight for their return to the top flight.

They are one of the, if not the biggest, club outside of the Premier League and the chance to continue to work under the great Rafael Benitez and with a highly-talented squad was surely a no brainer.

Undoubtedly Shelvey has a burning desire to get back to the big time like the rest of the squad, and their away match at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon was another important game in their quest to secure promotion.

Newcastle crumble in promotion clash

It was a match of huge significance for both teams, as Wednesday could return to the play-offs with a win, while Brighton’s 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Friday night piled the pressure on Newcastle to win to put them back on top.

However, the Magpies were unable to do the job at Hillsborough as Carlos Carvalhal steered his side back into the play-off places with a 2-1 win over the promotion favourites, thanks to second half goals from Tom Lees and Steven Fletcher.

Shelvey netted a late equaliser from a rebound to set up a nervy finish, for his fifth goal of the campaign. However, that could so nearly have been six had his audacious first-half effort not hit the bar.

Shelvey goes close to world-class goal

As can be seen in the video below, Shelvey bursts past one player in his own half before spotting Owls ‘keeper Keiren Westwood helplessly off his line and firing a long-range dipping shot at the Wednesday goal.

Unfortunately for Shelvey, the woodwork was the home side’s friend and denied the 25-year-old not only one of the best goals of all time but the chance to steal a valuable point as the Magpies continue in hope of increasing the gap over their rivals.

With just six Championship games to go, Newcastle remain 10 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield – despite their loss – although their defeat in Sheffield means Brighton now boast a two-point advantage at the top of the Championship.

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