Jonjo Shelvey, the Nottingham Forest midfielder, expressed his astonishment at facing his former club, Newcastle United, just months after leaving. Shelvey’s transfer from Newcastle to Nottingham Forest in January marked the end of his seven-year stint with the Magpies. However, his time at the City Ground didn’t go as expected, with the midfielder making only eight appearances for the club last season, including a match against Newcastle that ended in a 2-1 defeat for Forest. Emmanuel Dennis scored first for Forest, but late goals in both halves by Alexander Isak secured a dramatic victory for Newcastle.
Shelvey has shared his feelings about playing against the team he spent a significant part of his career with, saying, “It was a bit mad to be fair. I looked across during the warm-up, and I knew it off by heart because I had done it so many times, and it just felt a bit weird. But it was a nice moment to play against your mates and the supporters.” Despite the result not going in Forest’s favor, Shelvey acknowledged the uniqueness of the experience and its unlikelihood of happening again.
Following his exclusion from Forest’s Premier League squad, Shelvey embarked on a loan move to Turkish club Caykur Rizespor this summer. He has made four appearances for the club in the current season.