By Harry Sykes
Ian Holloway has made the huge claim that Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is “the best player I have ever seen in the Championship”.
The England international was phenomenal form for the Magpies on Saturday, playing a part in all three of the team’s goals as they comfortably beat Brentford 3-1.
The former Swansea man has scored three times and creating five goals in 12 Championship appearances, leading manager Rafa Benitez to suggest he deserves a recall to the England setup.
Championship top scorer Dwight Gayle has largely been the beneficiary of Shelvey’s creativity and Holloway believes the duo’s form is bad news for the rest of the Championship.
“Newcastle are the Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle show. It’s ominous for the rest of the division,” said Sky pundit Holloway, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“Teams have to stop Shelvey if they are to have any chance. He goes here, there and everywhere.
“He’s probably the best player I’ve ever seen play in the Championship.”
Newcastle travel to Oakwell on Tuesday evening as they look to make it four successive league wins.
Former Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager Holloway is confident that with Shelvey and Gayle in the team, Newcastle will be too good for Paul Heckinbottom’s men.
“He (Shelvey) never looks to play the simple ball, he’s always looking to hurt you. Gayle is his dream ticket,” Holloway explained, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“You don’t play the pass if you haven’t got the runner. Gayle is always playing on the shoulder and Shelvey is always looking to get him away. Those two are the reason why Newcastle will continue to motor on, starting at Oakwell.”
Shelvey, 24, completed a £12million move to Newcastle from Swansea in January.
Newcastle are 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 news, fans have reacted on Twitter after Shelvey’s omission from the Football League team of the weekend.