Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey scoops award for impressive loan spell
Jonjo Shelvey scoops November's Football League Young Player of the Month award after his impressive loan spell at Blackpool
Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey has been named the npower Football League Young Player of the Month for November after a sparkling loan spell with Blackpool.
Shelvey netted four times in five games for the Tangerines before Liverpool recalled the England Under-21 international as cover following Lucas Leiva’s season-ending knee injury.
And the 19-year-old, who sealed a move to Anfield from Charlton Athletic in 2008, believes his brief spell at Bloomfield Road has given him a confidence boost.
“When you’re not playing at Liverpool it gets you down, you sometimes need to go away and play games,” he said. “I think going out on loan has helped me get my confidence back up. I think I’m showing that in training back here.
“Blackpool is a great club to play for and the attacking way they played suited me down to the ground. It was easy in that respect. The manager Ian Holloway said just play your normal game ““ he put his trust in me.”
Shelvey admits he was thrilled to scoop the accolade. “When I was told I was Young Player of the Month I got straight on the phone to my mum, dad and girlfriend,” he said.
“It is a great honour for me and my family, the trophy will be staying with me in Liverpool on my mantelpiece.”
Shelvey scored a hat-trick at Elland Road during Blackpool’s 5-0 demolition of Leeds United last month before netting his sixth strike for the Seasiders at Middlesbrough a fortnight later.
And Blackpool boss Holloway hailed Shelvey’s influence at the club during his two-month spell with the Championship side.
“He was fantastic ““ he had a lot of frustration when he first came, I think he is an entertainer, I think he has all sorts of talent and will never lose that,” Holloway said.
“Hopefully he will get the chance to use that and shine because he really suited us. The boy is good enough to play anywhere and in our system floating in off the right he was dynamic.
“He has gone a long way to giving us some confidence and making us realise we can win some games. I hope his career goes form strength to strength.”