Kenny Jackett hails outstanding Newcastle star after display v Brentford
By Harvey Byrne
Former Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has hailed the performance of Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after his display against Brentford.
The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the Magpies’ 3-1 victory over the London side with a Dwight Gayle double alongside a Ciaran Clark goal.
However, it was the performance of Shelvey who provided two of the goals during Saturday’s encounter who caught the eye of experienced Football League boss Jackett.
“I saw him earlier in the season and he was outstanding,” stated Jackett when acting as a pundit on Channel Five’s Football League highlight show on Saturday evening. “His reading of the game and if you give him any type of time on the ball he can totally dictate the game and create chances.”
A former Liverpool midfielder, Shelvey’s attitude has been questioned in the past, but following his £12million move to Newcastle from Swansea last January he seems to have matured playing a key role in the Championship team.
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He has made 13 appearances for the club in the new campaign, scoring three goals and providing five assists with Newcastle sat in second place in England’s second tier following the win over Brentford.
They will travel to Oakwell to face recently promoted Barnsley in midweek, with the Yorkshire side currently sat in 11th place.
In other Newcastle team news, fans reacted on Twitter to Ayoze Perez’s inclusion in the lineup against Brentford.