10 things about Jonjo Shelvey
1) Shelvey was born in Romford on February 27, 1992. Standing 6ft tall, he can play in midfield or as a second striker.
2) He scored 14 goals in 23 appearances for Charlton Under-18 side in 2007-08, earning him promotion to the club’s first-team squad.
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3) He made his senior debut against Barnsley in April 2008. At just 16 years and 59 days he became the club’s youngest ever player, beating the previous record held by Paul Konchesky. He described his first appearance as a “dream come true”.
4) Nine months later, on January 3, 2009 – still 55 days short of his 17th birthday – he became the Valiants’ youngest ever scorer when he netted against Norwich in the FA Cup Third Round. That beat Peter Reeves’ record, who was 17 years and 100 days when he also scored against Norwich away back in 1966.
5) Despite interest from several Premier League clubs, Shelvey signed pro forms at the Valley on his 17th birthday. He has since signed an extension that keeps him at the club until 2012.
6) The 18-year-old midfield star is in no hurry to quit Charlton. In August 2009, he rejected the opportunity to move across London to Chelsea in a £3.5million deal.
7) Charlton boss Phil Parkinson was delighted when Shelvey turned down the Stamford Bridge giants. He said: “I think he did very well, for a 17-year-old, to deal with that. I’ve worked with other players before who would have found that hard to handle, but he kept his professionalism in training, he never once came to see me and said ‘I’d like to go’. I’m sure he’s got an agent who was telling him there was interest out there, but that’s a credit to Jonjo and his family – he just kept his feet on the ground and he’s kept playing football.”
8) Shelvey has represented England at both Under-16 and Under-17 levels. A former captain of the Under-16 side, he has scored three goals in just seven games for the Under-17s.
9) Despite the interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, it is said that when Shelvey does leave the Valley his preferred destination would be West Ham.
10) His shaven look is not a deliberate fashion statement. He was has suffered from Alopecia since a young age.