Crystal Palace linked with move for young English playmaker

Crystal Palace are lining up a move for Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey as Tony Pulis looks to strengthen his midfield ahead of the new season.

The 22-year-old only made the switch to Swansea last summer, in a £5 million switch from Liverpool as he was in need of regular first-team action - something Brendan Rodgers could not offer him at Anfield.

Shelvey went on to make 31 Premier League appearances with The Swans last season but is now a target of Crystal Palace, who would surely make him a key member of the side were he to make the move back to South London.

He started his career with Charlton Athletic after playing in the youth teams at Arsenal and West Ham, and became The Addicks youngest-ever player when he made his first-team debut at the age of just 16 years and 59 days.

His progress as an emerging talent was halted when he made the move to Liverpool in 2010, and he only managed 47 appearances with The Reds in three years.

Shelvey's career got back on track last season and he grew in confidence as a Swansea player, scoring six goals with six assists last term with his end of season screamer against Aston Villa the overriding highlight.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistChance Created / appsAccurate Pass / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsMins
Jonjo Shelvey Swansea MF 32 6 6 1.41 41.84 2.44 2,475

He was involved in a lot of The Swans attacking play and it would be a blow for Gary Monk's side if he were to leave for Crystal Palace.

A move back to London might tempt Shelvey and at just 22-years-old, the midfielder needs to shine as a Premier League player now wherever he is playing his football.

The playmaker would thrive alongside Mile Jedinak in The Eagles midfield as he would be given a licence to roam in attack and could create endless problems from there.

Shelvey has one England cap to his name and will look to build on that as he is one of the nation's promising young talents keen to impress.

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