How much will Joe Allen be missed for the rest of the season.
Stoke’s 5-1 win over Hull was tainted by the news that Joe Allen will miss the rest of the season having ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.
Joe Allen has had an indifferent Stoke career mainly due to been played in the wrong position by one manager and been made to do to much work by another. It’s only since Michael O’Neill came into the club that we have started to see what a great player Joe Allen is, this injury has come at a bad time for both Joe and Stoke.
Stoke despite the great form since MoN was appointed are still hovering very close to the drop zone with Joe Allen been a major reason of the upturn in form.
It’s hard to say what Stoke play like without Joe Allen in the side as since his signing in 2016 Allen has hardly missed a game.
In his first season for Stoke, Joe Allen missed just 2 games of which Stoke won both versus Watford & Hull. In his second season again he missed two games when Mark Hughes decided to play under strength sides against two of the best sides in the league. As you can guess we got battered in both games, 7-2 v Man City & 5-0 v Chelsea.
Last season Joe Allen never missed a game, this season Allen has missed two games following his Red Card versus Bristol City. Stoke drew and lost the resulting games v Brentford & Forest.
Tashan Oakley-Boothe replaced Allen yesterday and showed he’s fitting in well at Stoke. His vision and running didn’t go unnoticed in the stands, though he will need to strengthen up a bit as he was knocked off the ball quiet easily, even though two of the incidents were clever fouls by the Hull player that went unpunished by the referee. Oakley-Boothe got an assist in his first game which I’m sure has done wonders for his confidence.
Going back to the original question, can Stoke adapt to play without the tigerish play of Joe Allen in midfield. Will MoN have to change formation a touch to give us another body in midfield.
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
“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.
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