13 chances: Former Liverpool outcast Jonjo Shelvey now Premier League’s most creative player

Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey could not cut it at Liverpool, but he is a star at Swansea City.

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is currently the Premier League’s most creative player, crafting as many as 13 chances in his side’s opening three matches.

The 23-year-old began his career coming through the youth ranks at Charlton, impressing coaches with his superb passing range and thunderous power, earning him a switch to Liverpool at 16.

However, upon finally breaking into the first team, Shelvey struggled to win over the Anfield crowd as his temperament and naivety often got the better of him.

He picked up a reputation as a bit of a moody madcap, with rash challenges and wild shots from distance causing more harm to those sitting in row Z than the opposition's goalkeeper.

In July 2013, the Reds opted to cut their losses and traded Shelvey to Swansea City, a move which has evidently reignited his love for the game.

After impressing in his opening two seasons in South Wales, Shelvey was rewarded for his form with a full England cap and a new contract this summer, enhancing his belief to take his game to the next level.

In his recent Daily Mail column, Jamie Carragher revealed how Shelvey used to overstep the mark at Liverpool, but his newfound confidence has made him a better player.

  TeamChances CreatedAppearances
Jonjo Shelvey Swansea 13 3
David Silva Man City 10 3
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal 9 2
Eden Hazard Chelsea 9 3
Mesut Özil Arsenal 9 2
Juan Mata Man Utd 8 3

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, his improvement can be illustrated above as the Swansea ace currently stands as the most creative player in the Premier League, creating 13 chances in three games.

Shelvey’s fine form can be testament to both the player and his manager Garry Monk, who after being named boss at the Liberty Stadium has really taken the club on to a whole new level.

While with hindsight it’s easy to suggest Liverpool may have been a bit hasty in allowing him to leave so early in his career.

More performances of this ilk and some could argue it won’t be long until Shelvey earns a move back to a club chasing Champions League football.

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