By Michael Brown

29th Feb, 2020 | 5:15pm

'He's brilliant and then he's not' - Exclusive: Brown tearing hair out over Newcastle ace

Michael Brown insists that Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey needs to improve his consistency levels at St James’ Park.

The former Spurs and Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 28-year-old can be “brilliant” but that such performances are too few and far between.

The former Swansea man returned from a hamstring injury to start the Magpies’ 0-0 draw against Burnley on Saturday afternoon, Steve Bruce partnering him with Isaac Hayden in the middle of the park.

Shelvey and his teammates were kept at bay by the Clarets, just four of their 21 shots on target at St James’ Park.

Brown believes the England international’s quality is there for all to see but that he needs to start delivering on a more regular basis.

Brown told Football Insider: “He’s brilliant and then he’s not. You’ve got to sort of say what does he bring over the season?

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“There’s certainly some excellent performances, consistency could still get a little better. You hope as he’s getting older now it would improve.

“He’s certainly a player that Newcastle United would want to stick around”

Shelvey, who arrived on Tyneside from Swansea during the Magpies’ ill-fated 2016/17 campaign, has gone on to play 128 times for the club across all competitions.

This season has seen him make 18 appearances, 15 of which have come in the Premier League, and he is the club’s top scorer with five in the league.

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has reacted as an “outstanding” player reveals a transfer offer in 2019.