91% passing accuracy, 3 duels won: Jonjo Shelvey shines on Newcastle United debut

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The midfielder played a key role in his side's 2-1 win over West Ham United.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey made an excellent start to his Magpies career as his side played out a crucial 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

The England midfielder completed a move from relegation rivals Swansea this week, with manager Steve McClaren spending big to try and boost his side’s hopes of avoiding relegation.

He enjoyed a winning start to life in the North East as well, as goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum sealed all three points for his new side.

Shelvey played a role in both goals, as his excellent pass found Wijnaldum to set up Perez to score the opener, while his raking 60-yard ball to Daryl Janmaat led to the cross for the Wijnaldum to bag the second.

Indeed, it was an impressive display all round, with the 23-year-old sowing the kind of form that saw him break into the England set up earlier in the campaign.

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Shelvey was a star performer both going forward and defensively in the win over the Hammers.

  MatchPass SuccesFinal Third Pass SuccessDuel WonBall RecoveryTouchesUnsuccessful Touch
Jonjo Shelvey Newcastle vs West Ham 91% 85% 3 10 71 1

He posted an impressive 71 touches throughout the game, with just one of those proving unsuccessful, while his passing was superb with a passing accuracy of 91%.

Even his final third passing was on form, with him enjoying a final third success rate of 85%.

Defensively his game was also at it’s best, as he won three defensive duels in the game and managed a staggering 10 ball recoveries in his 90-minute display.

A strong start to his Newcastle career from Shelvey then, with Magpies fans sure to be hoping he can continue this kind of form for the rest of the campaign as they fight against relegation.

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