Jonjo Shelvey didn’t have a great Under-21 European Championship with England which has seen him come back to Liverpool with doubts hanging over his future at the club.
Swansea have reportedly made enquiries over a £5 million bid for the midfielder but Crystal Palace have now contacted Liverpool over the possibility of a loan deal, which is appealing for all parties.
Shelvey made just 19 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League last season which suggests that while Brendan Rodgers doesn’t see him as a main part of his midfield, he does have an interest in the player’s development.
Liverpool have also made an investment in Shelvey because he’s on a very long contract, which is currently due to expire in the summer of 2017.
That should make the club and Rodgers much more willing to let Shelvey go on a loan deal where he can prove himself and then return to the club as a much better player.
The loan deal would benefit Shelvey greatly because it would give him the opportunity to play a higher volume of first team games.
He could play a combination of Premier League and Development Squad matches for Liverpool, but his overall development will be aided by a long spell under Ian Holloway down South.
Palace would also subject Shelvey to a sort of pressure he won’t be used to and that’s the pressure of playing in a side where the main aim is to avoid relegation next season.
He was part of the Liverpool side that lingered towards the bottom of the league at the start of last season but Liverpool always had the cover and quality to pull themselves out of that mess.
That unique pressure which only comes with newly promoted sides should harden Shelvey up, with him returning to Liverpool less burdened by playing a more important role, where he’s constantly subjected to pressure.
Ian Holloway is also a superb manager to aid Shelvey’s development. He protects younger players under his control, he’ll praise them when they deserve it and criticise where it’s justified.
Holloway protected and used Wilfried Zaha superbly following his big money move to Manchester United and he can do the same with Shelvey as he’s forced to live up to his profile as a Liverpool player.
If Liverpool and Palace can get the deal done, then this seems like a very sensible move all round.
How do you think Shelvey would get on at Crystal Palace?
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