Shelvey 'revitalised' under Howe after 'brilliant' Newcastle reveal - pundit
Jonjo Shelvey looks “revitalised” under new Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe, according to Kevin Campbell.
The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 29-year-old can be “a key component” of Howe’s side because of his “passing range” and “football brain”.
Shelvey made just his third Premier League start of the season on Saturday as the Magpies drew 3-3 with Brentford at St. James Park.
The centre-midfielder completed five key passes and 10 accurate long balls over the 90 minutes – more than any other play outfield player for both sides. [WhoScored]
As quoted by the Guardian prior to the match, Howe revealed Shelvey was a “huge” part of his plans at Newcastle.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Shelvey’s display, Campbell said: “He looked revitalised at the weekend.
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“Shelvey brings a lot to the table. He is a creative player and a brilliant passer.
“For a player like him to not be available under Bruce because of injury was a shame. It was detrimental to Newcastle’s offensive capabilities.
“Eddie Howe clearly sees him as a key component because of his passing range and football brain.
“They need someone in the middle of the pitch who can dictate a game and Shelvey can do that. That is why Howe is speaking highly of him.”
Shelvey has made five Premier League appearances this season.
His contract at St. James’ Park runs until the summer of 2023.