Ki Sung-Yeong’s partner and rival at Swansea City, Johnjo Shelby, is leaving Newcastle United for Nottingham Forest.
Fabricio Romano, who is familiar with the European football transfer market, said on social media on the 30th (Korean time), “Shelby is leaving for 메이저놀이터 Nottingham. We have fully agreed with Newcastle and a medical test is scheduled. The period is until June 2025.” The signature phrase ‘here we go’ was added.
Shelby made his professional debut at Charlton Athletic and then joined the big club when he moved to Liverpool. However, it was not easy for Shelby, who was a promising player, to take the starting position. He left Blackpool on loan and gained experience, but nothing changed. Eventually, Shelby left Anfield and started anew at Swansea in 2013.
Since then, he has received a lot of attention from domestic soccer fans as well. It was thanks to Ki Sung-yueng, who was in charge of Swansea’s midfield. In the 2014-15 season, Shelby and Ki Sung-yueng took charge of the Swansea midfield under coach Gary Monk. The two players breathed together as competitors and partners.
The next destination was Newcastle. In 2016, Newcastle paid 16 million euros (about 21.4 billion won) to embrace Shelby. Shelby remained until the end even in the face of the team’s relegation crisis, and has been active as the core of Newcastle’s midfield until recently.
Shelby shines in 270 appearances in the English Premier League (EPL). At the end of the winter transfer window, the possibility of going to Nottingham suddenly rose. Nottingham has been competing to remain for massive investment after promotion, but is currently located in 13th place (21 points) in the league. As the relegation line is only 4 points away from 18th place (17 points, Bournemouth), we need resources to improve our performance on the ground right away.
Nottingham is trying to reinforce its power by recruiting Shelby, who has accumulated rich experience in the EPL stage for a long time. Romano explained that the two clubs had reached an agreement and that the transfer was virtually confirmed as there were still medical tests left. With this, Shelby will start a challenge at the sixth club in his career after Charlton, Liverpool, Blackpool, Swansea and Newcastle.