English international Shelvey, who has been capped six times but never since 2015, is in his fifth season at St James ‘Park and has presented several notable exhibitions for Steve Bruce’s team throughout the campaign.
And Ritchie says the former Liverpool midfielder’s abilities are indisputable.
“What a player I’ve been in Newcastle for four years and I’ve seen him in a box no more than 10 times,” Scottish international Ritchie told In The Box YouTube channel.
“This is how it is good. His natural ability to see passes, to receive the ball, to move the ball.
“I remember playing against him when I was a kid – I think he had a hat-trick, he was amazing.
“He has his movements – he ends up in Newcastle. I tell her regularly: “If you had your head screwed, you could play for Barcelona”.
“He’s so good. He has got everything. “
Ritchie adds that Shelvey’s love of golf is one of the reasons he has not reached his potential as a footballer.
“I told him so many times” if you just focus and just focus on football and forget about golf and everything else … “”, he added.
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“He’s crazy – he will play golf three times a week.
“I’m like‘ Jonjo, you can’t do this. “
“In Newcastle, he hits the longest passes, that’s the one we’re looking to open up teams and create – I think we don’t disrespect him in Newcastle, but if he played in Barcelona or Real Madrid, you can just imagine… he would blow up the teams with his abilities.
“You have to have everything in the right place and he likes his golf too much!” “