Garth Crooks says that Newcastle would have been ‘suddenly cooking with gas again’ if Saido Berahino had arrived at St James Park in January,

The BBC pundit thinking the West Brom striker could have been the final ingredient for Steve McClaren’s team, though based solely on his substitute appearance on Saturday you would find it hard to justify his place in Newcastle’s first 18…

Garth Crooks thinks Berahino would be ideal to complement January signings Andros Townsend and especially Jonjo Shelvey.

On his debut against West Ham, Crooks picked Shelvey in his Premier League team of the weekend. After Saturday’s display, Garth Crooks thinks it was even better than his debut and has once again chosen Jonjo Shelvey in his Premier League team this weekend.

The former Spurs player saying that Shelvey ‘sprayed the ball around St James Park with consummate ease’.

Since Yohan Cabaye departed over two years ago, Newcastle haven’t had a single midfield player capable of linking the play up and playing forward passes to push the team forward.

You really do wonder what goes on when it comes to decision making on transfers at Newcastle United.

You can see the full Garth Crooks team of the week below but this is what he had to say about Jonjo Shelvey:

“This is the second time Jonjo Shelvey has made my team of the week since his move from Swansea.

“His first appearance was on his Newcastle debut, however his performance against West Brom was even better. He seemed to spray the ball around St James Park with consummate ease.

“The ball he provided for Aleksandar Mitrovic to go on and score past Ben Foster was just superb. With the arrival of Andros Townsend, Shelvey has another moving target to set his sights upon.

“What a pity Steve McClaren couldn’t convince Saido Berahino to sign for the Magpies in the transfer window. Add a player like that into the mix and suddenly Newcastle are cooking with gas again.”

Garth Crooks Premier League team of the weekend

David de Gea (Manchester United)

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)

Robert Huth (Leicester)

Wes Morgan (Leicester)

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Manchester United)

Danny Drinkwater (Leicester)

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)

Robert Firminio (Liverpool)