Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has made a claim that many may see as audacious, according to the Wales Online, the Englishman stated that Swansea can qualify for the Champions league.
Shelvey was reported to have said: “I feel we can compete with the big clubs now, I feel we’re sort of on a par with them”.
“We can go anywhere or have any team coming here and get a result against them.
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“I feel that outside the top four or five, we’re in that next bracket so it’s up to us to prove that we can push for the top four. Shelvey continued.
“And I don’t see any reason why this club can’t play Champions League football with the manager that we’ve got and the work ethic that he instils during the week". Shelvey said.
The ambitious claims come not long after Shelvey made his full debut for the England national team throughout the duration of the international break. The 23-year-old performed brilliantly in both EURO 2016 qualifying matches against San Marino and Switzerland.
It's a huge statement from Shelvey considering the calibre of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton, teams who all finished above Swansea last season, most of those clubs have strengthened their squads dramatically this transfer window.
However, the comments made by the former Liverpool man outlines Shelvey's great optimism; in fact it is the kind of optimism that every player needs if they believe in making the cut for top four.
Shelvey has been in great form for his Welsh side, notably since the 2014 Christmas period. The England international is not the only Swans player in good form at the moment, Ashley Williams, Bafétimbi Gomis and André Ayew have also been in stunning form.
Williams is a key part of Swansea's defence, and has been at the club for eight years now. The Welshman has enjoyed a solid start to the season, and has a part of a defence that has conceded just four goals in four games so far this season, I say just, because it isn't much to concede considering two of their four meetings have come against Chelsea and Manchester United; the Swans collected a possible four of six points from the two meetings.
Gomis has already made a great start to the new season, already registering four league goals, last season the ex Olympique Lyon forward scored seven goals.
Another Ligue 1 import putting his trade in for Swansea is Ghana international Ayew, who seems to have adjusted to life in the top flight reasonably quick, racking up three goals and one assist in four appearances. It may be early days but three in four isn't a bad start to a Premier League career. Ayew captained his international side over the break, outlining his leadership credentials.
Ayew was picked up by Gary Monk's side on a free transfer, and has arguably been the stand out in a team thriving with confidence. The 25-year-old was also on the receiving end of praise from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, the French legend labelled Ayew as the transfer of the season.
Swans midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng scored nine goals for his Welsh side last season, and the South Korean international will be hoping to come back from the international break buzzing after captaining his country to an 8-1 victory in 2018 World cup Qualifying.
The Liberty Stadium outfit have enjoyed a great start to the season and remain undefeated after four matches. They drew 2-2 with champions Chelsea away, defeated Newcastle at home, drew with Sunderland away and most recently, they defeated a strong Old Trafford outfit.
They will hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season away to Watford this weekend.
Swansea and Premier league fans: Where do you think Swansea will finish on the table this season, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below!