Jonjo Shelvey tops a list of players that Nottingham Forest want to sell this summer. The Reds only added the 31-year-old in January and his transfer has proved nothing more than a disaster.
According to The Athletic, Forest have a sizeable list of unwanted players that they’re keen to move on. Shelvey, however, sits right at the top of the list having been absent from pre-season training.
The Forest squad are currently over in Spain on a pre-season training camp. Shelvey isn’t though and it’s not clear what he’s doing at present, with the club desperately keen to get rid of him.
Offloading Shelvey won’t come easy though, sadly. He signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Forest in January and he’s earning a salary of around £75,000-a-week at the City Ground.
The Reds will be extremely fortunate to get rid of the midfielder so soon after signing him. Newcastle will likely be laughing all the way to the bank, with the player no longer taking a wage from them.
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Shelvey was ousted from the senior setup back in April. After making a glaring error during a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, he was angry after Steve Cooper didn’t name him in his next starting eleven to play Liverpool.
Shelvey tops list of Forest players deemed surplus to requirements
This won’t come as much of a surprise to the fan base. Shelvey has been pretty awful in seven-a-half of the eight appearances he’s made for the club, with the exception being when he came on at Fulham for his debut and did well.
At 31, it’s going to be tricky to get him off the books. Even if Forest can find a club that is willing to sign him, it’s likely to be on a loan deal and that will probably mean Forest footing his wages still.
Shelvey has proved a ridiculously bad signing by Forest. It’s hard to fathom why the club sanctioned the signing of a player with a notoriously bad attitude and someone who had played very little football for over 12 months.
Now, the people behind the scenes at the club will earn their keep. Forest need to get Shelvey off the books and they should be doing whatever it takes to make it happen this summer.