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Swansea’s Garry Monk warns ‘lazy’ Jonjo Shelvey his place is at risk

Football News | Article posted on December 29th, 2014

Garry Monk has issued a stark warning to Jonjo Shelvey that he will lose his place in the Swansea City team if he continues to pick up bookings for being “lazy”. Shelvey collected his sixth yellow card of the league season against Aston Villa on Friday following a cynical foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor – he was sent off against Everton in November after being booked twice – and Monk said the midfielder is running the risk of becoming a liability.
Although Monk described Shelvey as a player with “frightening ability” and stressed that he does not want his criticism to come across as harsh, the Swansea manager admitted he has become increasingly frustrated with Shelvey’s tendency to pick up “silly bookings” that impact on his performance and run the risk of costing the team points. Monk explained that it was for those reasons that Shelvey, 22, was withdrawn early in the second half of the Boxing Day win against Villa.
Before Monday’strip to Liverpool, where Shelvey spent three years before joining Swansea, Monk said the time has come for the former Charlton trainee to “wise up” and learn from his mistakes or be prepared to watch games from the sidelines. “I have spoken to him clearly about it. Silly bookings, we can’t afford it,” the Swansea manager said.
“At the end of the day it costs him being on the pitch. I could have made that substitution [against Villa] at half-time, but I didn’t. I thought about it. But then I knew within 10 minutes or so that I would make the substitution. Those conditions, any slight mistimed tackle, which could have been unfortunate, and it would be a red card. I have spoken to Jonjo about this and he has to wise up.
“The yellow card came from laziness, and he has to be better than that. I have spoken to him a number of times about this and there is only so many times you can say it. He has to learn very quickly and make sure he does the work instead of being lazy with it and he won’t pick up those yellow cards and risk a red or coming off the pitch.
“It is about doing your job properly, understanding the role that you are playing, not just for yourself but for the team. Jonjo has to learn very quickly from it, otherwise he won’t play games, it is as simple as that. I don’t want to be in that position where he gets a yellow and I’m thinking the rest of the game that there could be a sending off here. I shouldn’t be put in that position, I shouldn’t have to worry about that, so it isn’t my problem,

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