The newspaper claims that with Sean Longstaff suspended, Steve Brue is toying with the idea of handing Shelvey, 27, his first Premier League start in over a month when the Magpies face West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Shelvey has slipped to the fringes of the Newcastle first-team this season. He has only started four of the club’s 10 Premier League matches and has only been handed five minutes’ worth of game-time in the last four league fixtures. Everyone knows that Shelvey is a decent player on his day and the former Liverpool midfielder could add some much-needed creativity to the Newcastle midfield. However the issue with Shelvey is that he just does not fit into a system that is so defensive and so reliant on the midfielders sitting back and helping soak up pressure before launching counter-attacks. Longstaff has been good at that and Isaac Hayden is too, but Shelvey is definitely someone who shines when he gets to have a bit of time on the ball and play in a more advanced area. An away trip to West Ham, who will be desperate to end their winless streak this weekend, might not be the game for Shelvey to start in.