From rejection to resurrection : The transition of Joe Allen

Will Joe Allen finally be the Welsh Xavi he was destined to be?


Joe Allen is one of very few players who have divided the Liverpool fans on his future of clubs. Some of his sporadic awesome displays amazed fans, but the lack of consistency let him down.

Now, Allen has been bought by Stoke at a high price. This is because of the resurrection of Joe Allen. He is one of the many players rejuvenated by Jurgen Klopp. Let’s go into his past to see his upwards graph of his career.

Joe Allen started his career in Swansea. He had a brief loan spell in Wrexham. Then he had a difficult start in Swansea career. He failed to establish as a regular starting place in the early days. Injury hampered his progress, too. From 2010-11 season, he became regular and guided his team to the Premier League. He was once again pivotal the next season in the Premier League and helped Swansea to retain the Premier League status. He played 150 games for the Wales side. He then rejoined his former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers in Liverpool.

The Reds, reportedly, paid £15m for his service. He then featured seldom in Liverpool side. He played some of the games, exceptionally. Couple of games against Manchester City, Crystal Palace was among them. But he really underperformed in some of the matches. After the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, the whole thing was changed. He was used intelligently and by his true potential. Along with Liverpool FC, he finished runner-up in two tournaments. This season, he has been sold to Stoke for regular first team. He continues his good form there, too. His magnificent form helped his national side Wales to reach UEFA Euro 2016 semifinal, too.

What is the tactical reason for his change? He is a very hard-working box to box midfielder. Brendan Rodgers used him wrong as a holding defensive midfielder, especially in Liverpool. He is not that much physical to adopt that role. Klopp used him as a free player. The German helps him to grow his passing and retaining possession. His turning became good, as well. Mark Hughes sometime uses him in the No. 10 position. The end product is significantly improving.

Look at some of his stats this season. He has completed 466 passes with 79.2% accuracy. He has won 95 duels and recovered 85 balls. His clearance, blocks, interception and tackle stats are 12, 2, 21, 23, respectively. Furthermore, he scored 4 times and assisted twice. How drastic improvement that is! Whatever the managers help him, it is his credit ultimately. He may flourish as a better player in the coming days.

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All stats are taken from Opta.

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