Newcastle boss hails the impact of ‘five new faces’

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has hailed the impact of ‘five new faces’ in lifting the mood around the club, report the Chronicle Live.

Despite continuing to languish in the relegation places, the Magpies appear to have been lifted within the month of January.

McClaren believes the additions of Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in a double deal earlier this month have certainly helped proceedings.

Shelvey in particular was hailed following a stunning debut following his £12m move from Swansea City, having played a part in both goals during the 2-1 win over West Ham United.

The return from injury of a trio of first-team players has also gone some way into lifting spirits on Tyneside, believes the former England coach.

‘Despite our position, the performances and the players, Steven Taylor back in, Rolando [Aarons] is back in training, Manu Riviere, the two new signings – honestly, it’s like five new faces on the training ground, so that’s given us a bit of a lift’, revealed the Toon tactician.

Geordie stalwart Steven Taylor has returned to the match day squad ahead of the game against Watford, having not played since August when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.