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Official Premier League site explains how Eddie Howe has transformed Jonjo Shelvey

2 months ago
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Interesting assessment of Jonjo Shelvey by the official Premier League site.

The official Premier League site have been assessing the striker’s worth ahead of this upcoming Sunday Premier League  match against Leicester.

It is for the purposes of their Fantasy Football tips – but the logic works the same obviously when looking at his potential use to the team generally.

Interesting analysis from the official Premier League site as they point out some outstanding stats for Jonjo Shelvey

As the stats show, Jonjo Shelvey:

Is the ‘standout creator for Howe’ in already supplying nine key passes in the Head Coach’s four games so far.

Has had nine shots and this ranks him third under Eddie Howe.

Has had four shots on target, ranks him joint top along with Callum Wilson.

It is quite astonishing to see these stats above.

Under Steve Bruce, Jonjo Shelvey rarely crossed the halfway line, never mind getting involved so often at the business end of things, as had been the case under Eddie Howe.

Shelvey summed up the malaise under Bruce, not fit enough and just drifting along getting less and less effective as time went by.

Suddenly, we could well have the midfielder back, who in those later months of the 2017/18 season under Rafa Benitez, looked a real quality player who was covering the whole pitch and was arguably very unlucky to miss out on England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Premier League site write up on Jonjo Shelvey ahead of the Premier League kick-off against Leicester City this weekend:

‘The midfielder [Jonjo Shelvey] can be found in only 0.1 per cent of squads for Newcastle United’s trip to Leicester City.

Shelvey’s prospects in Fantasy have been revived by the recent arrival of Eddie Howe as head coach.

He had featured in only three of the first 10 Gameweeks under Steve Bruce, with just one of those outings as a starter.

However, Shelvey has been named in Newcastle’s first XI in all four of Howe’s matches in charge.

The underlying numbers show his growing influence on the new-look Magpies.

Key creator

Shelvey’s nine shots ranks third for Newcastle in the last four Gameweeks, while his four shots on target place joint-top along with Callum Wilson (£7.5m).

He has been the Magpies’ standout creator for Howe, supplying a total of nine key passes.

The midfielder’s share of set-pieces can be a major weapon against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.

Leicester have struggled when defending aerial situations this season, conceding a competition-high 46 headed shots.

Added to his goal threat, Shelvey could prove a key figure for Newcastle at King Power Stadium this weekend.’

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