According to a recent report by the Daily Telegraph, West Ham United are likely to move in for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen during the summer transfer period. The same source has mentioned that the Hammers will face healthy competition from Watford in pursuit of the ex-Liverpool midfielder in this off-season.
Allen’s Mediocre Campaign In The EFL Championship
The 29-year-old has endured a mixed campaign with the Potters in the EFL Championship. His essential contributions on the pitch have helped Stoke steer clear of the relegation zone with a healthy 10 point gap separating them from the dreaded drop zone heading into the final four matches of this season.
However, it has still been a disappointing season for Nathan Jones’ side as they are nowhere near the playoff picture in the second tier of English football.
Allen has featured in 43 matches for the Staffordshire outfit this term, scoring six goals while providing three assists in multiple competitions. He is also vastly experienced at the international level having represented Wales in 49 matches while scoring two goals for his nation thus far.
What Will The Welshman Bring To The London Stadium?
The Stoke midfielder still boasts an impressive passing range and can link up play well in the opposition half. He has also started to contribute by scoring goals from midfield. However, the Welsh talent has failed to prove his worth in the Premier League over the past few years.
Allen enjoyed a wonderful breakthrough year in the English top-flight when he broke into the scene for Swansea City back in 2011. Hence, it is safe to say that he has been a one season wonder who hasn’t lived up to his true potential.
Is Allen The Right Choice For The East London Club?
The Hammers should only look to recruit the Welsh midfielder if they are looking to add some depth to their squad. Otherwise, they should concentrate on other players as Allen is not good enough to play in the Premier League consistently over a sustained period. Manuel Pellegrini would be better of going for other quality acquisitions and not take too many risks in this off-season.
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