Newcastle boss Steve McClaren feels there is much more to come from England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after an impressive debut following his move to Tyneside from Swansea.
The 23-year-old will be looking to catch the eye of Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson in the second half of the season as he looks to book his place on the plane for Euro 2016 in the summer.
Shelvey appeared to have lost his way with the Swans before the Magpies swooped to secure a £12million deal for the former Liverpool man last week.
He was handed an immediate start against West Ham on Saturday and played a big role as Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners at St James’ Park.
The victory was only the Magpies’ fifth of the season and McClaren will be hoping Shelvey can now inspire his side between now and the end of the campaign.
“Jonjo [Shelvey] showed his quality,” McClaren told Sky Sports. “In our team we’ve got good players around him and he will get better and better. But I thought his performance was very good.”
Shelvey and Newcastle will next be in action at Watford on Saturday, with the visitors 4.00 to see off the Hornets (2.00, draw 3.40) at Vicarage Road.
Looking further ahead, Shelvey will be eager to enjoy a better run in 2016 as he looks to make England’s squad for the European Championship.
The London-born star is competing with the likes of Ross Barkley, Delle Ali, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Michael Carrick and James Milner for a place in Hodgson’s 23-man party.