Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey ‘feels that he could hit new heights’ under Eddie Howe amid contract talks with the club, Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport.
The midfielder, who turned 30 on Sunday, is now into the final 18 months of his existing deal at St James’ Park. He joined from Swansea City in a £12m deal in 2016 and penned fresh £70,000-per-week terms in 2020.
The Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards recently wrote that Newcastle are intent upon tying down Shelvey as reward for his ‘increased prominence and performances’ in the past few months.
He has started all but one game since Howe replaced Steve Bruce, and even on that occasion it was injury which kept him out of the side. The former Liverpool man has also donned the captain’s armband for the Magpies’ last two matches.
Transfer insider Jones has said that it was entirely predictable that Newcastle would offer Shelvey a contract extension, with the 30-year-old apparently believing that Howe’s style of play can bring out the very best in him.
Jones told GiveMeSport about the proposed new deal for the midfielder: “Jonjo Shelvey, I’m not surprised at all, because I know he’s somebody they value, and in the playing style that Howe has, I think he feels that he could hit new heights.”
It will be interesting to see just how many extra years Newcastle are willing to offer Shelvey. According to research conducted by The Athletic, central midfielders typically peak around age 25, although there’s a ‘large spread’ of players who play consistently between the ages of 24 and 30.
Shelvey has reached the upper limit on that scale, and perhaps that could be a consideration for Newcastle in terms of the length of contract to be offered to him.
Another factor is Bruno Guimaraes, the £40m January signing from Lyon. He is on the bench behind Shelvey for now, but for how much longer will that be the case?
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