Garry Monk, the man who’s been in charge at Swansea City for less than a full Premier League season, has shown no reluctance to voice his displeasure regarding one of his team’s brightest young talents, as he issued Jonjo Shelvey something of a “get in line, or get out” ultimatum.
Speaking to the press ahead of Swansea’s trip to Liverpool on Monday (Watch live on NBCSN and online via Live Extra, 2 pm ET), Monk labeled the 22-year-old midfielder “lazy,” saying he must improve his focus and effort, otherwise he will no longer be selected for the first team.
Shelvey, who picked up a first-half yellow card in Swansea’s Boxing Day victory over Aston Villa, was hauled off at halftime as Monk didn’t trust the London-born midfielder to avoid a second booking and get himself sent off.
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Monk, from ESPN FC:
“I have spoken to him clearly about it. We can’t afford silly bookings and it cost him being on the pitch against Villa because any slight mistimed tackle could have been a red card. Jonjo has to wise up because that yellow card came from laziness and he has to be better than that.”
“It is about doing your job properly and responsibly, understanding the role you are playing, not just for yourself but for the team. He has to learn this otherwise he won’t play games, it is as simple as that.
“Jonjo’s ability is frightening and I have said I am more than willing to give him the chance to show that ability. I will push him every single 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.”
It must be a bit weird for Shelvey, who played in the same Swansea team as Monk for half of the 2013-14 season, to hear his manager talk to and about him as he has in the above quotes. Monk must feel, though, that he’s got the full respect of his team and that his players, Shelvey included, will heed his warnings and advice in a positive way.