Alan Hutton has been left raving over the talents Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and says the tactics employed by Steve Bruce are letting him down this season.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 27-year-old has established an unfair reputation regarding his work ethic and that he has performed well after so long out the side.
Shelvey started four of the opening six Premier League games this season before playing just five minutes in the next four outings.
With starts in the last three of the Magpies’ fixtures, two of those ending in victory for Bruce’s men, Hutton says Shelvey has the ability to make a difference but that he struggles due to the tactical decision of his boss.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s come in and done well, he’s been out in the cold for a long period of time and I think there’s a stigma with him that he doesn’t try and stuff like that.
“I like him as a player, I think he can be very creative as a player, his range of passing is unbelievable. Sometimes I just think the formation they play, it’s difficult. There can be gap too big between strikers and midfielders. You’re asking a lot of your players, you’re looking for something special to create a goal.
“He was very quiet, for someone of his ability he didn’t really get going against Villa.”
Shelvey has played nine times across all competitions for Newcastle this season, scoring goals against both Norwich City and West Ham.
He has a total of 120 appearances under his belt for the Magpies and is five games away from 200 Premier League outings.
In other Newcastle United news, Hutton has dropped a training ground reveal about Steve Bruce after his players “flopped” against Villa.