Eddie Howe has high hopes for Joelinton and Jonjo Shelvey at Newcastle.
The new Toon boss has spoke to the press ahead of his first game as manager – a 3pm clash with Brentford at St James’ Park.
There is huge excitement among Toon fans right now, who are eager to see what difference Howe can make to this struggling squad.
His first starting XI will be released at 2pm, and it’s exciting to see who will be involved.
But has Howe given a clue during his pre-match press conference?
Jonjo Shelvey can be ‘important’
The first Toon player who Howe has heaped praise on is Jonjo Shelvey.
The midfielder has struggled over the past couple of years, with fitness and inconsistent performances souring his reputation among fans.
But Shelvey is still a very talented player, and Howe believes he can be key for the Magpies.
“I knew how good he [Shelvey] was having played against him,” Howe said.
“But then when you work with him you realise he’s an incredible technician.
“He can play all sorts of passes, long & short. In terms of our philosophy he’s someone who’ll be very important to us.”
The second player Howe has high hopes for his record signing Joelinton.
“I think he can be a huge player for us,” Howe said.
“From what I’ve seen in training he’s a technical player with very good feet and he’s intelligent.
“Unlocking that talent and ability are things I’m going to make assessments on but he’s got a big part in our future here.”
Joelinton and Shelvey are two players who can definitely offer more.
The former has struggled since his £40million arrival, unable to match the lofty expectations put upon his shoulders.
However, there is still potential there. Joelinton can be a talent, and has shown glimpses of his ability, particularly this season when he’s featured out wide.
Shelvey has been equally as frustrating in black and white. He’s had issues this season with injury, but a stupid red card against Spurs and a wasted free kick versus Brighton have solidified his place in the bad books.
The exciting thing about a new manager is fresh opportunities. There is more to come from Joelinton, while we’ve seen in the past how dangerous Shelvey can be.
Hopefully Howe’s words of encouragement lead to strong performances from the duo against Brentford.