Shelvey is a Swan
There’s not much which has made Jonjo Shelvey stand out from the rest of his team – which is what makes the fact that he’s about to make a £5 million transfer to Swansea City all the more remarkable.
July 3rd, 2013
Aside from a standout performance in that American-produced Liverpool TV documentary series – otherwise notable only for the Yanks’ need to have subtitles for Jamie Carragher (I’m not even joking) – the general consensus seems to be that Shelvey hasn’t yet been given the time to impress at Anfield. For a player yet to achieve 100 senior appearances at any club – even as a substitute – it makes one wonder how the Swans have been tempted to part with so much cash.
So what makes Swansea City so keen to splash out this much on someone who’s made only 17 starts for Liverpool?
With a top ten finish and the League Cup in the trophy cabinet from last season, perhaps manager Michael Laudrup is looking to send a message to the competition. An audacious bid like £5m is only a fraction of the profits the club will have benefitted from as they rose through the ranks of the top flight last season – and in dispatching Bradford City so handily at Wembley back in February.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will greatly benefit from offloading the player, having already made four signings this summer. There’s no argument that Shelvey shows potential, and Swansea seems ideally suited to his style of play. Perhaps it’s when he endeared himself to fans worldwide by ranting at Sir Alex Ferguson a couple of seasons ago which has seen the hefty price tag slapped on him?
I dunno. I give up. Answers on a postcard.