Swansea City manager Garry Monk has told Wales Online that he feels midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has come into this season as a better player.
Monk has admitted that there have been a few issues with the player looking back to the past year, but feels he’s got the ability to make a real difference for the Swans in the current campaign.
Swansea started well with a 2-2 draw away at Chelsea, which saw Shelvey produce a mature and dominant midfield performance, which he now needs to replicate over the coming months.
“We all know the player Jonjo can be. He is a good lad. I like him a lot and I have a lot of time for him. But he knows the errors he made last season. They were very clear. He reacted extremely well to it all. He has come back this season more prepared,” Monk told Wales Online.
“The thing with Jonjo is that he has got ability. You see it clearly. Hopefully you will see a better Jonjo this season when he’s playing and he will take his game on to another level, because that will help the team.”
The midfield General
Shelvey has the ability to be the sort of midfield General who can really get stuck in and pull the strings in Swansea’s midfield.
He’s perhaps been a target in the past because of his temper which has sometimes got him into trouble, but Monk deserves credit for finding a way to get the most out of him in big games.
When he focuses on the football and pushes everything else out of his mind, he has the ability to control games because he’s a big, strong presence who is very difficult to tackle and knock off the ball.
Long may his good start continue.