Jonjo Shelvey will thrive at Newcastle, says former boss Garry Monk

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Former Swansea manager Garry Monk believes Jonjo Shelvey will be a huge hit at Newcastle United after another impressive home performance in the Magpies' 1-0 win over West Brom.

The £12 million January transfer raised eyebrows considering both clubs' perilous Premier League positions and there were worries that Swansea would regret giving their midfielder to a relegation rival.

Monk, who was sacked in December after one win from 11 matches, thinks the 23-year-old will mature into a fantastic player.


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"Jonjo was a big part of what I did there and, of course, that consistency with him is what you're looking for," he said on Goals on Sunday.

"You forget how young Jonjo is. He's got his peak years ahead of him.

"He's got that magic ability to be able to pick passes. He can be a match-winner. That's the key, but he needs to get that consistency in his game."

Bigger Stage

Both Shelvey's home games have seen man-of-the-match performances in vital Newcastle wins and Monk thinks that playing on a bigger stage, in front of more fans, will raise Shelvey's game.

"I'm sure going to a club like Newcastle in front of that many fans and that type of club will suit him," he said.

"A lot to do with Jonjo is motivation. He needs to be performing every single week and feel importance as a player. Newcastle will probably give him that. It will be interesting to see. I'm sure he will go there and do well."

Relegation battle

Newcastle's 1-0 victory masqueraded a much more dominant display, missing 18 shots and leading to an unnecessarily nervy finish. But the Magpies held on to move out of the relegation zone and ease the pressure on head coach Steve McClaren.

Monk himself was heralded as a future England coach only a few months ago, with a promising start to the season following on from last year's eighth-placed finish. However, results quickly worsened and chairman Huw Jenkins let Monk go after a 3-0 home defeat to Leicester.


He insists he respects Jenkins' decision, even though he had faith that results would improve.

"I really don't have any bad feelings towards Swansea. In this league you need to be putting in wins. You can lose two games or three games, but then you need to come back with a win and show you are fighting back," Monk said.

"We didn't quite do that. I was always confident we could turn that around - we'd got the squad and the players there. But obviously when the club deem that they want to make a change you have to respect that."

Now managed by Francesco Guidolin, the Swans are unbeaten in four matches but are still in 16th place.

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