Watford's Nathan Ake pinpoints Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey among key threats

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Watford’s Nathan Ake has previewed upcoming opponents Newcastle United.

Watford fullback Nathan Ake believes Newcastle’s forward players pose a big threat and highlighted new signing Jonjo Shelvey as a good player in midfield, London Evening Standard report.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s clash with Newcastle, Ake wants Watford to get back to winning ways but admits they face an improving opponent buoyed by their recent transfer activity.

“We are in a good position. We want to get back to winning ways and this will be a good opportunity to do that,” the on-loan fullback explained.

“However Newcastle have big threats up front, they have Jonjo Shelvey as well who is a good player in midfield. They will be strong throughout.”

Watford defeated Newcastle 2-1 in the reverse fixture at St. James’ Park, and that victory proved a catalyst for the Hornets to then go on and put together a decent run of form.

However, despite occupying a place in mid-table, Watford have lost four Premier League games in succession and they will target a home match against Newcastle as a must-win encounter.

The Magpies currently occupy 18th spot, yet four points from their last two matches and the arrival of Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea City has lifted spirits on Tyneside.

Shelvey gives Steve McClaren’s side a much-needed presence in midfield – a shield in-front of the defence which then allows the club’s forward players to express themselves.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic have bags of ability upfront yet overcoming Shlevey in midfield could be the key to Watford winning the upcoming clash at Vicarage Road.

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