Leighton James column: Jury out on Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey
LEIGHTON James has criticised summer signing Jonjo Shelvey for his early-season performances.
The England international arrived in a £5 million move from Liverpool this summer.
“Jonjo Shelvey really doesn’t seem to have grasped the Swansea City style yet,” said James.
“I will give him the benefit of the doubt because he has not been at the Liberty long, and I know it takes time to adjust to a new club.
“But he must do better than he did at Spurs last weekend.
“People go on about the long passes Shelvey plays, which are impressive — when they come off.
“From what I’ve seen, for every one of those balls that finds its target there are four or five that don’t.
“As far as I’m concerned, Shelvey gives the ball away far too often, and Swansea’s strength over the last six or seven years has been that they don’t do exactly that.
“Success has been built on excellent ball retention, on frustrating and tiring the opposition by starving them of possession.
“I’m not used to seeing such sloppiness from a Swansea midfielder.
“And it is not just his passes that are careless.
“The first half challenge on Andros Townsend last Sunday was absolutely brainless.
“I agree that Shelvey was unlucky to concede a penalty following a clash with the same player after the break.
“But the former Liverpool man was extremely fortunate Neil Swarbrick did not point to the spot when he clattered into Townsend inside the area.
“There was absolutely no need to make that tackle, the player was going away from goal and posed little danger.
“Hopefully Shelvey will settle down because at the moment he has a lot to prove.”