Does Joe Allen's display for Stoke at Sunderland show he is the signing of the season?
As Joe Allen nodded home his third and fourth goals of the season for the Potters, the Welsh Pirlo continued to show that he is a firm contender for one of the signings of the season since completing a deal for a fee of around £15 million which saw him head from Liverpool to Stoke in search of first team football after an impressive campaign at Euro 2016.
The Welshman was once again the star of the show for Mark Hughes’ side as his two first half goals were enough to give his fellow countryman a vital three points in a comfortable victory which leaves David Moyes’ team bottom of the table. Whilst Stoke remain in the bottom three on goal difference, Allen has been one of the bright sparks of their season to date.
With a pass completion ratio of 87.8% and two chances created, though not converted by his teammates, Allen was the only real candidate for the man of the match award as he stood out. With 55 touches, the former Swansea man enjoyed the increased freedom given to him in a more attacking role than he has previously become accustomed to at his past clubs.
Allen has shown himself to be effective for the Potters and is symbolic of the transformation of Stoke’s style of play from a more direct style to a shorter passing methodology. That said, Allen too has had to adapt and has done so quickly, rapidly becoming integral to his new team.
If Allen can maintain this level of performances, he has already made this season his highest scoring in his career to date as he excels in a more attacking role, he could soon end up back at the highest level once again, particularly if he continues to outshine the likes of £89 million rated Paul Pogba.
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