Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey believes his former club Swansea City have lost their identity in recent years.
Shelvey spoke to NUFC TV ahead of the Magpies’ clash with Swansea this weekend, as Carlos Carvalhal’s men look to lift themselves off the foot of the Premier League table.
And the 25-year-old, who made a £12million switch from the Swans to St James’ park in January 2016, feels his former side have lost their way since he departed the club.
“They have chopped and changed the managers to be fair and I don’t think that has helped them,” said Shelvey.
“I think they need to get back playing the way they played football. Even when I was at Liverpool you wouldn’t see the ball for a lot of the time.”
He added: “When I went there everything was about ball possession, all of our work was about the football and we were battering teams at home with the ball – even against the top teams.
“They have gone away from that a little bit which is obviously down to whatever manager they had in at the time.”
Shelvey is hoping his side can come away with three points on Saturday afternoon, although he hopes the Swans will remain in the Premier League this season, along with the Magpies.
“As soon as I found out Newcastle were interested there was only one place to go but obviously I don’t want to see them go down because I want to play against them and I have mates in their team.
“But football is a cut-throat business and I would rather we stayed up than them.
“It is a relegation battle that we are in and whoever comes out on top will be the worthy winners.”
The England international, who has featured 16 times in the Premier League this season, also praised the Swansea supporters and the appointment of former Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal.
“It is a great family club; the stadium isn’t the biggest but the supporters get behind the team.
“They [Sheffield Wednesday] beat us twice last year so he’ll know how to set up his team against us.
“They had a good start against Watford and it’s going to be a good game. They’re not going to come up here and sit back.
“They’ll come here to have a go. I think that’s what Swansea do and that’s what the manager does. But it’ll be a game for the fans to enjoy and hopefully we can come out on top.”
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