Jonjo Shelvey is pushing for a recall after catching the eye of Newcastle United interim boss Graeme Jones while playing for the under-23s on Monday night.
Shelvey set up both of Newcastle's goals in the reserves' 3-2 defeat against Wolves at Whitley Park on Monday night as the playmaker sought to impress after getting sent off versus Spurs earlier this month.
Newcastle were 2-0 down when defender Charlie Wiggett knocked in Shelvey's teasing free-kick in the 52nd minute to half the deficit.
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Then, just a few minutes later, Shelvey managed to pick out Dylan Stephenson with a trademark ball over the top with the outside of his right boot.
Stephenson still had a lot of work to do, but the striker finished expertly from a narrow angle inside the area to equalise before Connor Carty scored a late winner for the visitors.
Jones, who had an individual chat with Shelvey on the night, was among the 379 spectators present alongside first-team development coach Ben Dawson and goalkeeping coach Simon Smith.
The coaching staff will not have learned anything new from Shelvey's performance, but the former England international's desire to play was the perfect response to getting a red card against Spurs earlier this month.
With Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Jamie Reuben, Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi all watching on, substitute Shelvey picked up two yellow cards in the space of just 23 minutes in the first game of the club's new era.
Shelvey missed the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace as a result, but the 29-year-old looks set to return to the match day squad against Chelsea on Saturday after putting his calf issues behind him.
Although Jones was keeping a close eye on Shelvey's performance for the under-23s on Monday night, the interim boss' appearance at Whitley Park was a fresh reminder to the club's youngsters that their progress is not going unnoticed.
Joe White, Dan Langley, Remi Savage, Jack Young, Jay Turner-Cooke and Dylan Stephenson have all trained with the first team at various points this season.
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