Monk identifies Newcastle dangerman ahead of clash against Leeds
By Dominic Toner
Leeds manager Garry Monk claims that Jonjo Shelvey is a “dangerous player” ahead of the match against Newcastle.
The Whites host Newcastle on Sunday in the Championship and Shelvey is expected to start for the current league leaders.
The 24-year-old has featured in every league game for the Magpies this season and has been one of their standout players.
Monk, who managed Shelvey during his spell at Swansea, has highlighted the threat of the midfielder as he prepares to face him.
“Jonjo has done fantastic this season. He is a talented player. He is a dangerous player,” Monk said, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account.
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— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) November 18, 2016
Shelvey could not help Newcastle avoid relegation from the Premier League last season, but is playing a crucial role in their attempt to return to the top-flight.
The central midfielder has six senior caps for England and is showing the kind of qualities that helped him make 69 appearances for Liverpool.
The 24-year-old has become a regular feature in Rafael Benitez’s midfield and will prove a real test for the Leeds players.
Shelvey has made 19 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring three goals and supplying six assists.
Leeds will be confident going into the game after a run of great results and will hope to keep Shelvey’s influence to a minimum.
The Yorkshire club are currently sixth placed in the table and have aspirations of a play-off finish, with three consecutive league victories against Norwich, Burton and Wolves helping them climb the table.
Newcastle are currently at the top of the Championship table and have a three point advantage over second-placed Brighton.