Everton midfielder Leon Osman reacts to Jonjo Shelvey's Newcastle debut


Leon Osman has hailed Jonjo Shelvey for his debut Newcastle performance.

Everton midfielder Leon Osman has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Newcastle fans may be right to compare new signing Jonjo Shelvey to Yohan Cabaye.

Newcastle produced an impressive display on Saturday afternoon, beating West Ham United 2-1 at St. James' Park, thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Nikica Jelavic did pull one back for West Ham but it was Newcastle who claimed a vital three points, with new signing Shelvey playing a key role.

The midfielder, who joined the Magpies from Swansea City last week in a £12m deal according to BBC Sport, and made an instant impact with a stunning pass to setup Wijnaldum's goal.

The England international, 23, will now be hoping to help Newcastle beat the drop, whilst his former club Swansea are also mired in the relegation scrap, making his move peculiar.

Everton midfielder Leon Osman was a guest on Match of the Day 2 Extra on Sunday, and was asked what the thought of the deal.

Osman stated that, if Swansea go down and Shelvey helps Newcastle stay up, it could be one of the worst pieces of business  in recent memory, whilst he also claims that Magpies fans may be right to compare Shelvey to former Newcastle midfield maestro Yohan Cabaye.

"Well, for him to slot in and, 15 minutes in, be contributing to setting up two goals, it seems that they were right in saying so," said Osman when asked whether Shelvey can be Newcastle's new Cabaye. "He seems like he's going to be a perfect fit. With regards to Swansea selling him; if Newcastle stay up and Swansea go down, then £12m is the worst bit of business in football, but if it doesn't turn out that way, £12m is a good fee," he added.

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