Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has stated that he plans to rebuild the team around Jonjo Shelvey. The midfielder, who is clearly gifted and has a fantastic passing range, has spent much of his time at St James’ Park on the bench after being dropped by Rafael Bentez and, more recently, Steve Bruce.
Howe, on the other hand, appears to have identified a player signed by Steve McClaren as crucial to Newcastle’s philosophical shift from a defensive, counter-attacking squad to a much more front-foot, possession-based side.
“I knew how good Jonjo was, having played against him and watched him many times, but when you actually work with him you realise he’s an incredible technician,” said Howe, who on Saturday takes charge of his first game since succeeding Bruce when Brentford visit. “He’ll be someone very important for us as the season develops.
“Jonjo can play all sorts of passes, long and short. In terms of our philosophy and how we want to to play, he’s someone who’ll be very important to us.”
source : Guardian sport