Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has told The Mirror that Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye is an exceptional player.
Cabaye played for Newcastle from 2011 until January 2014, when he joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The Magpies have missed a player like the midfielder, but now they have probably found a suitable replacement in Shelvey.
The 23-year-old England international midfielder joined Newcastle from Premier League rivals Swansea City in the January transfer window.
Shelvey rates Cabaye highly, but he has suggested that he is not taking much notice of the comparison being made with the 30-year-old midfielder.
“I want to be myself,” Shelvey told The Mirror when asked about the comparison with Cabaye. “I played against him numerous times and he is exceptional. But I am myself.
“What he did here was fantastic. If I can do that here, and do it better, fantastic. I know he was loved by the fans. Hopefully I can follow his path.”
Shelvey has featured in four Premier League games for Newcastle since his switch from Swansea in January.
The midfielder has created eight chances, has a pass accuracy of 85% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and has won one dribble and four tackles.
The former Charlton Athletic and Liverpool man is a talented player, and his encouraging performances for Newcastle so far suggest that he can be a long-term success at St. James’ Park.