Jonjo Shelvey is a risk Newcastle should take

St James Park

Newcastle United are right to gamble on the midfielder who has both the time and potential to improve.

The 23-year-old has been consistently linked away from Swansea City, with a £10million move to Tyneside the most likely outcome, as reported by The Guardian.

The England international has fallen out of favour at the Liberty Stadium and was not in the squad for their last league game against Manchester United.

While some may feel Newcastle United's desperate need for a striker and centre-back should take priority, at £10million, Shelvey is a risk that can bring big rewards.

Swansea have questioned the youngster's attitude on more than one occasion, with previous boss Garry Monk stating he would not tolerate his ‘laziness’, having several private meetings with the former Liverpool player in order to improve his temperament, as reported by the Daily Mail.

On his day, the central midfielder is one of England’s most precocious talents but these performances have been few and far between this season.

With Cheick Tiote a supposed target for Chinese Premier League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, as reported by the Chronicle, a slot in Newcastle’s midfield could open up. The North East club's finances are in a healthy state and £10million could prove a snip for Shelvey.

Boss Steve McClaren is renowned for his ability to connect with players on the training ground and with plenty of room to improve, Shelvey is a talent that could blossom at St. James’ Park, given the right direction.

Creative, determined and strong, the former Charlton Athletic academy product could provide Newcastle a player in the middle of the park capable of linking defence into attack; a counter measure the side has sorely missed this year.

Newcastle are right to think it is a risk worth taking. Sitting in the bottom three, the club need to change something if they want to stay up. A fresh start could be just what both parties need.

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