English Premiership

Monk: Lazy Shelvey must wise up

2014-12-29 14:46
Jonjo Shelvey (AFP)
Cape Town - Swansea boss Garry Monk has issued a final warning to Jonjo Shelvey over his "laziness" which could cost him a regular place in the first team.

The 22-year-old midfielder has produced some eye-catching performances for the Swans since making the switch from Liverpool in July 2013.

However, his work ethic has been brought into question on numerous occasions, with Shelvey picking up needless cautions which has led to suspensions.

The former Charlton youth has already been booked eight times this season, while he was sent off after picking up two yellow cards against Everton last month.

Monk has put that down to a lazy approach from the youngster and has told him to "wise up" or risk finding himself out in the cold at the Liberty Stadium.

Shelvey was replaced after 60 minutes in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Boxing Day after picking up his latest caution early on in the match, while last term he was hauled off at half-time against the Reds after a poor performance.

"I have spoken to him clearly about it," Football411 quotes Monk as saying ahead of tonight's trip to Anfield.

"We can't afford silly bookings and it cost him being on the pitch against Villa because any slight mistimed tackle could have been a red card.

"Jonjo has to wise up because that yellow card came from laziness and he has to be better than that. I have spoken to him a number of times and there is only so many times you can say it.

"He has to learn very quickly and make sure he does the work instead of being lazy, and he won't pick up the yellow cards and risk a red or coming off the pitch.

"If he had not done that he would have stayed on for 90 minutes, it is as simple as that."

He added: "It is about doing your job properly and responsibly, understanding the role you are playing, not just for yourself but for the team.

"He has to learn this otherwise he won't play games, it is as simple as that. We can't afford silly mistakes because we have already been punished for those this season and I can't allow that any more.

"Jonjo's ability is frightening and I have said I am more than willing to give him the chance to show that ability.

"I will push him every single day, but you also need to want it yourself. I think he does want it, but he also needs to understand the time for being lazy with it is gone."


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