Jonjo Shelvey on being handed Newcastle captaincy in Coloccini absence

Shelvey captained the side in the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey believes that being handed the captain's armband in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini will help get the best out of him.

The £12 million January signing from Swansea was handed the armband during the side's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday evening, leaving the Magpies in the relegation zone on goal difference.

Shelvey is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: "It is an honour to captain this football club.

“I have always been very vocal in the dressing room, but it is about showing people what I can do on the pitch.

“It’s more about leading by example. I gave it a good go and hopefully I can get more opportunities."

It's important that during a time of difficulty that all of the leaders in the Newcastle dressing room step forward and show what they can do so they can get through this period.

Shelvey was signed to provide that bit of quality in the middle of the park to help the side beat the drop. He showed that on his debut against West Ham immediately after moving to the club, but more has to be seen from the midfielder in order to both justify his £12 million price tag, and to lead them to safety come the end of the season.

Without a doubt, if Newcastle survive, Shelvey is likely to be a key player, whether it's a case of his leadership or just the talent he possesses.  

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