Shelvey revels in new role at Pool

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JONJO Shelvey believes he has truly found his feet at Blackpool and is relishing the rest of his loan spell.

The Liverpool attacker has scored five goals in seven games for the Seasiders, including a hat-trick in the demolition of Leeds.

Kenny Dalglish has been watching his striker in action and has been quick to praise Shelvey, though he has also been critical of the 19-year-old for not doing himself justice in certain games.

Shelvey admits he hasn’t always been at his best but feels that in the last two games – playing in a more advanced role, with freedom to wander – he has been more consistent and has proved what he is capable of.

He said: “I’m now playing in a role that I’ve played for England a few times and it suits me.

“You just roam about the pitch, try to get on the ball and make things happen.

“With my forward running, I think I can break and score goals. I proved that at Leeds, setting up the first goal and scoring a few as well. I like the position the manager has put me in

“You always want more goals but I am happy with five in seven. I’m pleased with the way I’ve played in most games, but there have been a few when I’ve not been at the races.

“But against Leeds and Bristol City (Shelvey’s debut) and in the second half of the Burnley game I think I’ve done well, so I’m generally very happy.”

Ian Holloway agrees that Shelvey has benefited from his positional move.

The Pool boss said: “I played Jonjo in a slightly different role in the Leeds and Millwall games. I talked to him about movement because I feel he is very good at that.

“He has obviously got a lot of talent and he is playing well at the moment. He just needs to keep it going every week because that’s what top players do.”