Steve McClaren drops big hint as to who could become Newcastle captain

Steve McClaren

The Magpies boss has praised the leadership qualities of Jonjo Shelvey.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has hinted that Jonjo Shelvey could be the man to captain the club in the injury absence of Fabricio Coloccini, according to quotes published by the Shields Gazette.

Magpies skipper Coloccini is expected to miss the trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night as well as the home clash with Bournemouth on Saturday with a calf injury.

There has been much debate about who will wear the armband for the North East side while the Argentine is absent, and Shelvey has been touted as a leading candidate.

McClaren appears to have suggested that it could indeed be the former Swansea City and Liverpool midfielder who steps up to the task, confirming that the midfielder has the attributes necessary to take on the role.

The former England manager told reporters, as quoted by the Gazette: "You'll find that out tomorrow. We need someone to drive this team and lead by example both playing and vocally.

"[Shelvey] has certainly been vocal. It's about everybody, and we've lacked that especially away from home, and that's one of the reasons we're not winning.

"The captain has to envelope what you are trying to stay. That's one of the reasons we brought Jonjo Shelvey into this club because he epitomises what we want to achieve going forward."

Shelvey has been a regular under McClaren since arriving at St. James' Park in a £12 million deal in the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old has started all five Premier League matches for the struggling club since his arrival.

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