Newcastle's Shelvey targets more goals and assists in upcoming season

Newcastle player Jonjo Shelvey (r) celebrates with goalscorer Ayoze Perez (l) and Mo Diame after the second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St....

The Newcastle United midfielder picked up just 2 goals and 3 assists last season.

Newcastle player Jonjo Shelvey reacts during a pre-season friendly match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KCOM Stadium on July 24, 2018 in Hull, England.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wants to become a more influential player for his side in the upcoming season, and has targeted an improvement in his goals and assist tally.

The 26-year-old pulled the strings for Rafa Benitez's side last season and had an impressive season, with many people calling for him to be included in the England squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Shelvey's importance to the side isn't reflected statistically, as the Englishman picked up just 2 goals and 3 assists from his 33 appearances for the Toon in 2017/18.

Despite being a key creative force for Newcastle since he joined from Swansea City for £12 million in January 2016, Shelvey has picked up just 7 goals and 18 assists in 94 games - something which he intends to build on significantly in 2018/19.

Shelby has told NUFC TV (via Chronicle Live) that he intends to score more goals and provide more assists this season.

Shelvey said: "Everyone knows that I can pass the ball, but I’ve got to do the other side of the game – you obviously get judged on goals and assists, and that’s what I’ve got to add more to my game this season."

"I didn’t get enough goals or assists last year, so that’s what I’ll be trying to work on this year.”

Yoshinori Muto of Japan in action during the international friendly match between Japan and Paraguay at Tivoli Stadion on June 12, 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Shelvey's future assist total may be boosted by the arrival of Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto, who BBC Sport has reported Newcastle have agreed to sign for a £9.5m fee for from German side Mainz.

Whoever he is playing alongside, Newcastle fans will be pleased to see the central midfielder is fully motivated for the coming season.

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on May 5, 2018 in Watford, England.

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