Talksport pundit offers his opinion on Jonjo Shelvey's captaincy credentials

Does Jonjo Shelvey have what it takes to become the Newcastle United captain?

Micky Quinn suggested on the Drivetime show on talkSPORT on Tuesday afternoon (broadcast from 4pm, March 1) that Jonjo Shelvey would be a good captain for Newcastle United.

“I think he needs a bit of responsibility, Jonjo Shelvey, come of age almost,” said the former Newcastle forward. “He has got the ability, now he needs to step up and give them a bit of direction on the pitch.”

Shelvey joined Newcastle from Premier League rivals Swansea City in the January transfer window.

The performances of the 24-year-old midfielder have not been exactly great, but the England international has shown encouraging signs.

The former Charlton Athletic man has created nine chances in five Premier League appearances for the Magpies so far.

Shelvey has a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and has won four dribbles and five tackles.

The Daily Mail has quoted Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren as saying that the former Liverpool midfielder has been vocal since his arrival at the club.

With ‘regular’ captain Fabricio Coloccini out injured at the moment, Newcastle need someone to wear the captain’s armband for tonight’s Premier League clash against Stoke City away from home at the Britannia Stadium.

Shelvey could be that man.

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