Former Swansea City winger gives brutal assessment of Newcastle signing Jonjo Shelvey

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Leighton James says Newcastle have not made a good signing in Jonjo Shelvey.

Former Swansea City winger Leighton James has told BBC Wales Sport that his former side are the winners from the Jonjo Shelvey transfer.

The BBC website reported his comments, amid confirmation of Shelvey's £12 million transfer to Newcastle.

James, 62, played for the Swans between 1980 and 1983, and believes Shelvey is too inconsistent to be worth the price.

He said: "That's good business for a player who doesn't give me the impression that his heart and soul is in Swansea.

"He's a one-in-five, one-in-six player - a bit like his passing. For me he hits one great 40-yard pass and then the next four or five times gives the ball away.

"He's not the kind of player I'd want to see battling in a relegation fight."

Inconsistency has been the story of Shelvey's career so far, and for Newcastle the move is a gamble for both parties. Shelvey clearly was keen to move on, and this may have affected his performances in recent weeks, and added to the poor light James views him in.

In the past 12 months he has become an England international, which is a promising sign, although it is still uncertain whether he will make the Euro 2016 squad, and could depend on the fitness of Jack Wilshere for instance.

He is still only 23-years-old and has plenty of football left ahead of him, and if Steve McClaren can get him playing to his true potential then he will prove his doubters wrong.

Toon hero Alan Shearer also questioned the move, but was more hopeful. He told The BBC: "The first thing I would say is that he has ability. The thing I would question is that Swansea are in a desperate position and why would they let him go to a relegation rival? There must be something wrong with his attitude.

"If Steve McClaren can change that then he will be a good buy but the jury has to remain out on him."

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