Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey reveals the key trait which makes ex-Sunderland boss Steve Bruce stand out from the crowd

Jonjo Shelvey has revealed the key trait which makes Steve Bruce ‘one of the best’ manager’s the Newcastle United stand-in skipper has worked with.

Saturday, 21st December 2019, 7:00 am
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Jonjo Shelvey (C) of Newcastle celebrate with his team mates after he scores the 2nd goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane on December 05, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Shelvey is expected to return to the Magpies’ first-team fold on Saturday when Crystal Palace come to town.

And ahead of that Premier League encounter, Shelvey has been discussing what makes Bruce stand out from the likes of Rafa Benitez, Brendan Rodgers and others.

"He is one of the best man manager's I have ever worked with," revealed Shelvey when talking with nufc.co.uk.

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"I feel like I am reaping the benefits of that.

"He just says 'if you work hard, your football ability will come through'.

"I just need to keep working hard on the pitch and away from it. If I work my socks off for the team, the rest will come together."

Shelvey has scored three goals in his last three games for United, his best run in black and white.