In the end, you have to say it worked as the Toon managed to snatch a point, and Stewart thinks that moving Shelvey into defence was a bold move.
He said: “Newcastle defended very resolutely, even when – and this is probably my favourite element of the entire game – Jonjo Shelvey started playing as a libero, which Twitter was quick to inform me had happened once before for about five minutes when they hosted Tottenham Hotspur.
“I mean, he didn’t do that badly and obviously, in Jonjo Shelvey, you’ve got somebody who’s probably one of the best deep passers in the Premier League.
“I mean, his ability to move the ball forwards is pretty extraordinary. His ability to tackle one-on-one is also pretty extraordinary, in an entirely different way, so it was a bold move from Steve Bruce.”
Do you want to see Shelvey in defence again?
No, never again
Yes, he did quite well
TIF Thoughts on Shelvey…
The Toon midfielder was accused of being lazy in a special Q&A session recently, so given that some Newcastle fans think he is lazy, a shambolic performance in defence probably would not have made him any more popular.
Stewart clearly enjoyed the fact Shelvey moved into the centre of defence, even it was just for a little bit of the game; however, we don’t think Bruce should make this a thing going forward, and we hope to see Shelvey start and finish the Toon’s next game in the centre of midfield.