Former Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has been talking about the prospect of Jonjo Shelvey at West Ham and he believes the Newcastle midfielder lining up alongside Declan Rice could be a great partnership.
Shelvey has been linked in the past with the East London side, but the links this time around the player who grew up as a Hammers fan and has a house right next to their training complex feel a lot stronger.
Speaking to Football Insider about the midfielder, Bent said: “We all know already he’s got all the attributes and all the ability but for whatever reason, you’d have to say over the last couple of seasons he’s stuttered a little bit in his progress.
“He’s someone who’s got a bit of bite about him but he’s also got the quality on the ball and he can run around. If you’re talking about someone like him and Declan Rice in the middle of the park, that’s not a bad combination, I quite like the sound of that.
Would Jonjo Shelvey be a good signing?
“If they can go and get Jonjo, the Newcastle fans will be sad to see him go, I suspect, but at the same time, Newcastle might be shopping in a different shop if the takeover goes through.
“For him, maybe it’s best for him to get a move away from Newcastle and have a fresh start.”
It’s hard to disagree, Shelvey would be the ideal type of player to come to the side, his 1.8 key passes on average a game is more than anyone in the West Ham squad this season, via WhoScored, whilst defensively he still manages 1.2 tackles and 1.2 interceptions, highlighting that he can be effective both going forward and defensively.
This would be the ideal partner for Rice, who doesn’t offer as much as Shelvey in attack, but he can provide the Magpies man with the ideal defensive cover to give the freedom of the pitch to express himself and boost the Irons attacks. This is highlighted by the defensive midfielder’s stats this campaign, as he has managed on average three tackles and 2.1 interceptions a game, per WhoScored.
This type of duo in the middle of the pitch would be the ideal plan to strengthen the squad, particularly given that Mark Noble is now 33-years-old and coming to the end of his career. If this deal came to fruition in the summer transfer window, it could help the East London side aim for a top half finish next season instead of struggling for survival like they are this season, per BBC Sport.
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