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Danny Mills claims that Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could become a “massive asset” for the Magpies if he just focuses on doing the simple things when he plays.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender insists that the 27-year-old does not have anything to prove after a difficult last season at St James’ Park and that he just needs to go back to basics

Shelvey played just 17 times across all competitions last season as injury and fitness problems forced him to watch on from the sidelines.

Having seen Shelvey start for new manager Steve Bruce in their opening match against Arsenal, Mills says the midfielder could be a “superstar” if he shows the right approach on the pitch.

“When he’s got his head right, he’s a very, very good player,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“He’d got to stay calm, stay focused – he doesn’t have to prove anything, just go out there and play, don’t overcomplicate things, don’t try and do too much.

“Don’t try and show that you’re the superstar, just be a superstar by just being good. That’s all he needs to do. He has a great range of passing but at times he can be a little bit disruptive, a little bit ill-disciplined. 

“I know that has changed over the past season, if he focuses on just being a good footballer, doing the simple things, keeping his head, then he’ll be a massive asset for Newcastle.”

Shelvey, who joined Newcastle from Swansea City back in January 2016, has played 112 times for the Magpies to date, with eight goals and 19 assists under his belt.

He played less than an hour against Arsenal on the opening day of the season as a slight injury forced him to be substituted by Bruce.

In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider revealed how a Magpies attacker agreed a deal to leave the club for the 2019/20 season.