Date: 22nd July 2019 at 5:39pm
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Steve Bruce is the new Newcastle United manager, and his appointment could grant second chances to the likes of Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, and Archraf Lazaar.

It could also give a new lease of life to some of the Toon’s more established stars – such as Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey wasted no time in praising Bruce to the media and stated that he prefers the way that the former Sunderland man looks after his players.

The 27-year-old also believes the change in manager will be good for him and Newcastle fans might finally see the best of Shelvey.

In the first game since Bruce was appointed, Shelvey was one of the standout performers as the Toon beat West Ham 1-0 to seal third place in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

He played a crucial role in the goal picking up a loose ball from Issa Diop and pinging an accurate pass into the feet of Yoshinori Muto, who laid the ball off for Isaac Hayden and then Jamie Sterry provided a wonderful cross that Muto finished off.

Earlier in the match, he displayed his superb vision when he picked out Isaac Hayden with a glorious pass that should have ended in a goal, but Elias Sorensen missed a sitter at the back post.

Shelvey also scored but was in an offside position, so the effort did not count – though it is hard to take too much from a pre-season friendly, Shelvey looked hungry and sharp, and that allowed his natural talent to shine through.

Bruce is known for his man-management skills, and he could be the man to get the best out of Shelvey at Newcastle.

Rafael Benitez managed it when Newcastle were in the Championship and also towards the end of the 2017/18 season – where the 27-year-old’s performances led to calls for a World Cup call-up.

Other than that, though, Benitez could not coax the talented but troubled Shelvey into consistent performances – perhaps Bruce can do that.

Shelvey certainly seems keen on working under Bruce, and if his performance against West Ham is anything to go by then, this could be the season where Shelvey lights up St James’ Park.

 

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