Jonjo Shelvey looked sharp for Newcastle United in a pre-season win against West Ham on Saturday morning – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter were impressed by his performance.
The Magpies secured a 1-0 victory in the Premier League Asia Trophy and it means they finish third in the pre-season competition.
New manager Steve Bruce watched on from the stands for the first time and saw his team win in a fairly competitive match.
Yoshinori Muto scored the only goal in the first-half, as he converted a cross from defender Jamie Sterry.
Shelvey lasted 78 minutes on the pitch before his withdrawal and was one of the most eye-catching players.
The 27-year-old central midfielder helped dictate play with his calmness in possession and pulled out some of his trademark long-range passes.
He struggled for regular minutes last season at St James’ Park, but perhaps this year under a new manager in Bruce can see him break back into the XI.
The Englishman has been inconsistent throughout his career, but there is no doubting his technical ability and he can help Newcastle gain control in a midfield battle.
A selection of Magpies supporters on social media were delighted with what they saw from Shelvey and feel he could be an important player for the club.
Here are some Newcastle fans commenting on Shelvey:
Significant improvement already for #NUFC from the Wolves game. Shelvey looks like he’s on it, which is going to be absolutely essential going into the season.
— Steven Medd (@BorisBedd) July 20, 2019
Shelvey worldie 👀 #NUFC
— ⬛◻Dan Evz◻⬛ (@DannyEvz) July 20, 2019
2 absolute worldie passes from Shelvey. Sorenson should’ve scored #nufc
— Steve McKenna (@SteveMcKenna_) July 20, 2019
That pass demonstrates the reason I’m pleased Shelvey is likely to stay.
Absolute class 👌
— Lee Forster #NUFC (@LeeDForster) July 20, 2019
Good to see that Shelvey can still ping a ball halfway down the pitch perfectly. #NUFC
— Scott Johnson (@SAJtoonfan) July 20, 2019
#NUFC started excellently here. Should be 1-0. Shelvey bossing the midfield
— Kevin Nichol (@Kevin_Nichol) July 20, 2019
We’ve got to play 3 at the back next season, we control games a lot more with shelvey aswell.😍@NUFC
— GingerNinja1231 (@GNinja1231) July 20, 2019
We’re actually playing decent shelvey on fire gotta say muto playing well and sorrenson ain’t showing any nerves #nufc
— Andrew Wells (@wellzy95nufc) July 20, 2019