Newcastle United’s torrid start to the season is beginning to turn into serious trouble, with the club picking up just two points from their opening seven Premier League games.
The Magpies are completely short of confidence right now and even lost to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup second round.
Rafael Benitez’s squad is lacking serious individual talent, but there are a couple of players that are good enough to drag them out of a big hole.
Newcastle are crying out for Jonjo Shelvey to reach his peak levels over the next few weeks and help them to get some much-needed points on the board.
The English midfielder is a technically gifted ace that can run the show when he plays at his best and needs to set the example to the rest of his teammates.
It may take some individual magic to help Newcastle complete a turnaround and the 26-year-old is one of the few players at St James’ Park who is capable of something special.
Shelvey is a pass master that has seen his season disrupted already, but his side need him at the core when they travel to Manchester United on Saturday.
Newcastle are going to have to be efficient when in possession at Old Trafford and Shelvey is someone that can make them kick.
It was very much a group effort that saw the team reach a lofty 10th-placed position last season in the top flight, but they appear to be in a relegation scrap already this year.