Former Newcastle United player Mick Quinn, speaking in his column for the Chronicle, has gone into great detail surrounding the problems that Jonjo Shelvey’s great performance last weekend present to Steve Bruce.
Following weeks out of action with a combination of injury issues and the rising form of the Longstaff brothers, Shelvey appeared to have been sidelined by the Magpies boss and placed out of contention for a regular starting place.
However, when Sean Longstaff was ruled out of their trip to West Ham last weekend, Shelvey grabbed the opportunity with both hands – putting on a match-winning display and scoring a sensational free-kick to seal a crucial away win for Newcastle.
Now, according to Quinn in his latest column, the resurrection of Shelvey, as well as Isaac Hayden, presents a squad dilemma for Bruce ahead of a crucial run of fixtures.
“Jonjo Shelvey was back in the Newcastle team last weekend and showed what he’s capable of doing. He can be such a frustrating player,” claimed the ex-Magpies man.
“He’s got all the attributes – his range of passing, he can thread the ball through the eye of a needle. It’s just great when you see him play like that.
“But is he capable of doing that each week? That’s probably been, along with injuries and suspensions, the most frustrating thing about Jonjo.
“Shelvey and Hayden have been out and will have been thinking ‘I want to get back in that team’. It’s a massive problem for Brucey when Sean’s back from suspension, and the competition for places is great.”
Indeed, it appears that the last thing Bruce would want to do is stifle a potentially great run of form, but the competition for places can also provide some much-needed strength in depth. Therefore, Quinn may not be the only one thinking that Bruce could be in for a hard time selecting his squad, should the likes of Shelvey continue to impress.
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