Swansea City boss Garry Monk has warned Jonjo Shelvey to improve his disciplinary record ahead of a clash against Liverpool on Monday, Daily Star reports.
Monk accused Shelvey of having a lazy attitude when he received his latest booking, and hopes that the 22-year-old won’t lose his temper again when he faces his former club at Anfield.
“I have spoken to Jonjo about this and he has got to wise up,” Monk said. “The yellow card he got came from laziness and he has to be better than that.
“He has to make sure he does the work instead of being lazy and then he won’t pick up yellow cards and risk a red or being taken off the pitch.”
“He is not a kid any more – he has been around long enough at the top level to know what it is about.
“I’m not meaning this to come across harsh because he is a good guy, but I’ve told him privately and, yes, the fact I’m saying it in public does mean that it is a message I have to underline for his own good.
“Of course it still means something to him to be facing Liverpool but I can’t pick teams on sentiment. He will be involved in our games and I want to make sure there isn’t anything silly going on.
“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 have to worry about that.
“I see him every single day and his ability is frightening. I have said I am more than willing to give him the chance to show that ability, I work with him every day and I will push him every day, but you also need to want it yourself.
“I think he does want it, but he also needs to understand the time for being lazy with it is gone. He has to push himself. The team are trying to push higher now, and the demands I put on them is the same for him.”
Shelvey has already picked up six yellow cards in just 14 starts for the Swans this season.