Monday, May 24, 2010

Player's Profile - Jonjo Shelvey

Liverpool FC pursue their search for bright young English talents and this time round it's Jonjo Shelvey after the acquisition of Raheem Sterling, another one of England's most promising prospects. Liverpool signed Shelvey about a week ago from Charlton Athletic. It's sure fans are wondering, who's this unheard and unknown guy. I too didn't know the lad but after reading facts about this English wonderkid, you'll only want to see him play. Let's see:

Shelvey is 18 years of age and was born on 27th of February 1992 in Romford, Greater London. His childhood hero is Steven Gerrard. Though born in the South East, Shelvey grew up admiring Liverpool FC's inspirational captain. Shelvey was only six when Gerrard made his debut in November 1998.

Shelvey is a midfielder by nature, but finds the net quite a lot from this position. The lad didn't make any mistake to carve out a name for himself in the Charlton ranks. Aged 15, he was already remarkable during the 2007/08 season in Charlton's youth team. He scored 14 goals in 23 appearances. His performances in the FA Youth Cup undeniably put him under the radar of the scouting network. He scored in every round until Charlton's defeat against Sunderland in the quarter finals. He scored braces against Swindon and Sheffield United along the way.

The lad went on to become Charlton's youngest professional as he made his debut as substitute against Barnsley when he was only 16 years and 59 days old. His full debut was against Coventry City during the 2007/08 campaign as he played 84 minutes in a noticeable 4-1 Charlton win. He as well holds the record of Charlton's youngest ever goalscorer having scored in the FA Cup vs Norwich City on January 3rd 2009, just 55 days before hitting his 17th birthday.

In 2007, at the age of only 15, Shelvey was already wearing the captain armband for the England Under-16s squad. He captained England to the Victory Shield title in 2007 as he contributed by scoring three goals against Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. He also starred in the Montaigu Tournament in 2008, which England won for the very first time. Shelvey played in all three group games of the tournament including the finals against France where he scored in the breathtaking penalty shootout which went (6-4) in England's favour.

Shelvey's constant exploits made him a wanted man in the top-flight. He agreed a year extension with Charlton last year with view of helping out his club get a decent fee for him. Despite attracting interest from hosts of other top clubs in the PL, Shelvey decided to choose Liverpool FC, looking to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Steven Gerrard. Liverpool signed him for 1.7 million pounds as being reported.

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