Former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas made an instant impact at St James Park and he has described Jonjo Shelvey’s debut as ‘brilliant’.
Jermaine Jenas was added to a quality set of players and helped United into fourth and third positions in his first one and a half seasons, plus enjoying some great Champions League nights…and winning PFA young player of the year.
Jonjo Shelvey may have some work to do, along with his new team-mates, to get anywhere near those heights in the future….but he made a perfect start to life in black and white.
Jenas rightly pointed out that his passing produced a different Newcastle performance against West Ham, especially his ability to produce killer passes of the forward variety.
A total change from the dire displays of our central midfield pretty much ever since Yohan Cabaye left two years ago.
After helping to create the opening goal with a slide rule pass into Wijnaldum who laid it off for Perez to finish, it then was swiftly followed by the moment of the match.
A corker of a pass that was measured at 67 yards, was arrowed out to Daryl Janmaat on the right had side, his first touch was exquisite and a rapid cross was lashed into the net by Gini Wijnaldum.
It was like Newcastle were playing a totally different sport to what we have been watching this season.
Jermaine Jenas talking on Match of The Day:
“All eyes on Jonjo Shelvey – how would he fit into the team, what he would bring to the team….and it was a brilliant debut.
“I felt that he had some great passing, forward passes especially. Him and Jack Colback worked very well together.
“Everything was going through him.
“They just wanted to get him on the ball as much as they possibly can. He’s always trying to be progressive, get the ball forward and get his team up the pitch.
“First pass – can I get it into my forward player (Gini Wijnaldum), make the difference those type of passes, great from Wijnaldum and beautiful finish from Perez (first goal).
“Then when you are playing well, a beautiful diags (diagonal pass) like that…lovely touch from Janmaat, beautiful cross and what a finish (Wijnaldum).”