Joe Allen speaking to Stoke media after the win over West Brom
We did what it took to get the three points and fair play to every man out there. Everyone was willing to dig in and show their resilience.
Everybody knew their job inside out and stuck to it, right up to the very last kick of the game.
What was extra pleasing was the clean sheet and how they didn’t really cut us open and have a golden chance.
There’s been a lot of talk about the type of players we have and that we’re underachieving, there’s no hiding away from that, we’re slowly-but-surely showing improvements.
The self-belief and confidence has been growing within the team over the last few weeks and one and only aim is to get further up the table.
If we produce performances like last night that should continue to be the case.”
Joe Allen in demand with West Ham ready to bid
According to reports in the press, WEST HAM are interested in signing Stoke midfielder Joe Allen but do want to pay the £15million asking price. West Ham value the welsh man around the £8million mark.
Whatever West Ham value Allen at should be irrelevant as Michael O’Neill has come out saying Joe Allen is not for sale in the January window at any price.
Allen’s play has improved under MoN but would you sell him if a bid north of £10million came in for him?
Joe Allen is becoming a wanted man ahead of the January Transfer window
Their has been media reports that West Ham are thinking of bidding up to£15million for the Welsh International
We have heard that West Ham are not the only suitors, West Brom are showing strong interest in Allen we have been told.
Would Stoke sell the high earning Allen to ease the wage bill? Would they sell to either of these sides? Probably yes, Allen I’d assume would jump at the chance to join what looks like a Premier League club next season, A West Brom move would not even need him to move from his home.
Would you except a bid north of £10mill for Joe Allen
Joe Allen backs Nathan Jones to get Stoke firing
“A lot has been said so far this season for obvious reasons, but today’s performance says all you need to know about what we’re willing to give for the manager and his staff, But having said that, we’re conscious it’s only one win. But hopefully it can be a catalyst to kick-start our season.
“We have a lot of ground to make up and we need to get a lot more points on the board. Everyone can understand the frustration and disappointment because it’s almost impossible to put your finger on what’s gone wrong for us this season.
“At times, we have been scratching our heads, but he’s stuck at it, come in every day ready to work and give everything. He set us up to get that win and today it has finally happened.
“Let’s hope it’s the first of many. The first one is big, you find yourself saying ‘this is the game’ and then all of a sudden we found ourselves at a point where we had lost ground on other teams.
“As a group we felt it’s not where we should be as a team, we have the belief and ability to be much higher. I think we can build on this now, not just in terms of the win, it wasn’t one where we’ve nicked it and didn’t deserve it.
“We went to Swansea and performed after an early setback. At that point, considering the circumstances, it would have been easy for us to feel hard done by.
Joe Allen hasn’t been the only one scratching his head, it’s remarkable how we’ve lost some of the games we’ve played but somehow we’ve done it.
Stoke City are in talks with Joe Allen over a new contract.
Manager Gary Rowett wants Joe Allen to spearhead the club’s promotion charge next season.
Allen has three years left to run on his current deal, but now Stoke City automatically gave a pay-cut following the club’s relegation — this is the reason for fresh talks.
Stoke paid in the region of £13.5million for Joe Allen when he joined from Liverpool in 2016.
Talks are on going at this period but Stoke City are remaining confident keeping Joe Allen to help them to push for automatic promotion.