Stoke City are in a deep battle in the relegation zone as they fight for their survival in English top flight. They are currently on the 19th spot and are 3 points off the safety zone. They got an important point against the much fancied Liverpool who rested quite a few players for the Champions League encounter in Rome.
However, a point doesn’t seem enough at this stage and they will be hoping for some favourable results to give them a glimmer of hope. With two games left for the Potters, time is running out for Paul Lambert and he could be managing them in the Championship in the next season.
With the team going down to Championship, a whole lot of players can leave the club to continue playing in the English top flight. According to reports, the likes of Joe Allen, Jack Butland and Xherdan Shaqiri could be on their way out of the club if they go down. One cannot blame the players for leaving the club in times like these as they must have ambitions of playing in the top flight. Stoke will also find it hard to keep them as they will need the sale proceeds to balance their books as they will not be getting financial benefits of playing in the Premier League anymore.
Joe Allen has been an instrumental player in the middle of the park for the Potters in the last few years and he is dubbed as Welsh-Xavi jokingly. However, he has put in a ‘Xavi level’ performance every now and then for his club and country and we look at three clubs who can snap him up in the summer transfer window.
He can reunite with his former team if they survive to stay in the Premier League. Before joining Liverpool, Joe Allen played a huge part in Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League and was a fan favourite among the Swans.
The Clarets have been impressive this term under Sean Dyche as he has pretty much secured their position in Europa League. They will have more fixtures to look after next season and they can certainly do with a player like Joe Allen in the middle of the park who is known for his technical ability.
Allen can reunite with his former Swansea team-mate, Jonjo Shelvey, in the middle of the pitch at St. James’s park. Newcastle has done well in the latter half of the season and a good ball playing midfielder can certainly enhance their squad further.