The Geordie is now winning great praise from pundits for his performances this season.
â€śI donâ€™t know why my game is suddenly getting noticed. It is hard for me to answer that,â€ť he said.
â€śI suppose I am playing a bit better but I feel I have been playing consistently well for a number of years now. I was in the Champions League final not so long ago so I canâ€™t have been doing that badly.
â€śIt is about gradual improvement. As you get older you get more experience and you have a different role in the team.
â€śMy game all depends on what game we are playing and who we are playing against and who I am playing alongside. With the tactics and set up my game varies. You just have to adapt to each other.â€ť