Ex-Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey warned against 'laziness' by Garry Monk

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has warned former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey that he is danger of wasting his talent by being 'lazy'.

Jonjo Shelvey is still only 22 years of age, but he has fitted a lot into a short career.

Having burst onto the scene at Charlton Athletic, he was snapped up by Liverpool.

Three years at Anfield followed, which delivered a solitary senior cap for England.

He took the decision to go in search of regular football at Swansea City in 2013 and has enjoyed a productive spell in South Wales.

A recall to the Three Lions fold was secured in October, but Shelvey is now starting to test the patience of his domestic manager, with Garry Monk frustrated to see the midfielder pick up a seventh yellow card of the season, to go with one red, during a Boxing Day clash with Aston Villa.

He said: “The yellow card against Villa came from being lazy, 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.

“I have said I am more than willing to give Jonjo the chance to show the ability he unquestionably has. I work with him every day and I will push him every 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.

“He is not a kid any more. He’s been around long enough at the top level to know how it is. He has to learn otherwise he will not play games.”

Shelvey has the ability to be a top Premier League performer, with there creativity and goals in his game.

He has, however, struggled for consistency throughout his career.

It is pleasing to see him getting stuck in, as he endeavours to play his part for the team, but disciplinary issues are the last thing he needs as suspension breaks will prevent him from hitting his stride.

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