As speculation continues surrounding the future of Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, strugglers Newcastle seem in pole position to secure his signature.
Before featuring in the Swans' shock exit from the FA Cup on Sunday, Shelvey had only played 74 minutes in their previous seven games and the former Liverpool midfielder looks to be the first player to find the exit under new manager Alan Curtis. According to reports by Sky Sports, Steve McClaren is preparing a move to bring the star to St James’ Park.
The 23-year-old impressed in his spell with Liverpool - making 47 league appearances - before completing a surprise move to the Welsh side in 2013.
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With the likes of Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson being two of Swansea's key players in this campaign, it has left Shelvey out of the picture allowing him to move ever closer to the exit door.
Newcastle have been out of touch this season and an addition is exactly what they need. Making his Premier League debut at the age of 19, the London-born midfielder has had plenty of experience in the league despite only being 23.
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Shelvey is known for his ambitious efforts on goal and more often than not, they end up rippling the back of the net; something Newcastle have lacked this season. When it comes to shots on target, McClaren’s side average only 9.3 shots each match - less than any other team in the league.
The Toon clearly need a player to not only create chances but take chances too and Shelvey is key to turning their lack of goal-mouth action around. Additionally, the midfielder has years ahead of him to continue to deliver and improve.
Only 23, it seems like he’s been in the game longer and despite a slump this season, Shelvey can no doubt turn his career around in a Newcastle shirt.
The midfielder has proven himself at two Premier League clubs in Swansea and Liverpool and was a key aspect in their ambitions for success. He has been far from his best this campaign, but he can only do so much he hasn't been selected. However, a move can put Shelvey's career back on track and improve his chances of getting back in the England squad.
With his physical attribute and leadership skills, Shelvey will undoubtedly provide the goods for the remainder of the season if offered a Newcastle contract. Newcastle are a club in dire need of a proven Premier League star and McClaren has certainly found the man to help the Magpies avoid the drop.