One to watch #2 Jonjo Shelvey

Last updated : 08 July 2009 By Dan Buxton
Name: Jonjo Shelvey
Date of Birth:
27th February 1992
Position: Midfield
Club: Charlton
Honours: Victory Shield, 2007
                   Montaigu Tournament, 2008
International Apps: England U16 – 7
                                         England U17 – 3
International Goals: England U16 – 3
                                          England U17 – 1

 At the tender age of 17, Shelvey has already witnessed a relegation scrap. He made his name in the 2007/2008 season, repeatedly excelling at each level he raised through the ranks. Shelvey represented the club’s U16s, U17s, reserves and also had a brief spell captaining England in the Victory Shield win.
Shelvey continued his rich vein of form the following season by gaining 17 appearances for the first-team, his talent is obvious. In the games he featured in, the tireless, box-to-box midfielder orchestrated nearly every Charlton move.

 To be so influential at such a young age is no coincidence, Shelvey is a huge prospect. 2009 saw him collect the club’s young player of the year award. An accolade he can add to the ever growing list. He is Charlton’s youngest-ever first-team player as he made his debut against Barnsley, despite being 16 years and 59 days old. He also boasts at being the youngest-ever player to score for Charlton. Shelvey netted his first goal for the Addicks in January 2009, 55 days before his 17th birthday.

by Scott Richards