Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has admitted that he is currently seeing a psychologist in a bid to curb his widely-reported anger issues.
Shelvey, a 25-year-old midfielder who has previously lined out for the likes of Swansea City and Liverpool, is the current captain of newly-promoted Premier League outfit Newcastle United.
Capped 6 times by England and having proven his ability to dominate the middle of the park on numerous occasions in the past, Shelvey’s career has undoubtedly been held back by his tendency to lose his temper and lash out while on the pitch.
This trait was on full show during his side’s league opener at home to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday afternoon, a matchup which the Magpies remained fully in contention of until a moment of madness from captain Shelvey.
With the powerful enforcer having gotten into a tangle with Spurs midfielder Dele Alli early in the second half, Shelvey saw red, standing over his grounded opponent before inexcusably stamping on his foot.
The Englishman was immediately shown a red card, with fans and pundits alike having since torn into the Newcastle man for his ridiculous behaviour.
On the mend?
An interview published today but actually conducted on Friday (two days before his red card) by the Daily Mail has since revealed that Shelvey is currently attending a psychologist in a bid to improve his discipline.
‘Look, sometimes I just need to rein it in on the football pitch. I need to just shut up and stuff. I need to not get involved and walk away.
I started to see a psychologist last year to work on the mental side of things. It was after the Forest game. I was sent off. I had kicked out at this lad and it was just childish.
When people wind me up, I should just laugh. I do need to get that out of me.
Sometimes you can’t help it.
I started to work with this fella and after that, there wasn’t really an incident when I did that. I started to learn to keep my head down and just get on with the game. But it’s an ongoing process and I am still working with him.
Sometimes I can lose my head and it can’t keep happening.’
With Shelvey having proven yesterday that his anger issues are still very much prevalent, fans of Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle will no doubt hope that the continued help of a professional sports therapist will help their captain to put his problems behind him once and for all, before they potentially ruin his career.