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Leighton James on Jonjo Shelvey ‘Not the kind of player I’d want to see in relegation fight’

6 years ago

Jonjo Shelvey has been accused of being a ‘one in five/one in six player’ and not somebody you’d ‘want to see battling in a relegation fight’.

The person pointing the finger is former Sunderland and Swansea winger Leighton James.

Earlier this week we referred once again to the habit of clubs on the continent tending to wish leaving players well, with Bordeaux putting a genuine message of  thanks to Henri Saivet on their website.

Many Bordeaux fans and pundits also said similar, thanking the player for what he’d done for the club, rather than recriminations because he wanted to leave.

Jonjo Shelvey is a slightly different case as things did become fractious with both Swansea and some of their fans before the transfer deal was talked about.

However, looking from the outside he seemed to do a decent job for the Welsh club and was a key player as Swansea finished 12th in 2013/14 and then 8th last season.

As he started playing for Liverpool as an 18 year old (15 Premier League sub appearances in 2010/11) it is easy to forget that he is still a relatively young player aged 23. So playing in a struggling team, Jonjo Shelvey no doubt wasn’t the only one whose confidence and performance suffered this season.

Leighton James claims that Shelvey can hit a ‘great 40 yard pass’ but then wastefully give the ball away a handful of times.

Newcastle fans are soon to see the reality but it sounds a lot like Leighton James is playing to how Welsh audience and instead of putting in the poison he should keep his mouth shut.

Newcastle face Swansea in the fifth last game of the season in what could be a key match in the relegation fight, by then United supporters should have a good handle on whether we have bought a player who is up for the fight.

Leighton James talking to BBC Wales:

“That’s good business for a player who doesn’t give me the impression that his heart and soul is in Swansea.

“He is a one in five, one in six player…a bit like his passing.

“For me he hits one great 40 yard pass and then the next four or five times he gives the ball away.

“He’s not the kind of player I’d want to see battling in a relegation fight.”


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