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Wolves Lining Up A Move For This Ex-Liverpool Midfielder: What Will He Bring To The Molineaux?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Daily Mirror, Wolverhampton Wanderers are keeping a close eye on Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen ahead of a potential move later this summer. The same source has revealed that Wolves’ director of football Kevin Thelwell has often gone to watch the Welshman in action for the Potters during the recently concluded EFL Championship season.

Allen’s Sub-Standard Season In The EFL Championship

The 29-year-old has endured an average campaign at the bet365 Stadium this term as he saw his side struggle to get out of the bottom half of the league table during the final few weeks of this past season. His vital contributions on the pitch did help Stoke avoid being demoted to the League One as they finished in the 16th place, a healthy 11 points above the dreaded drop zone.

However, it has still been an underwhelming campaign for Nathan Jones’ men as they came nowhere near to finishing in one of the playoffs spots this term. Allen has made 46 appearances for the Potters this season, registering six goals while grabbing three assists in all competitions.

He has also represented Wales in 49 international matches while scoring two goals for his nation thus far.

What Will The Welsh Playmaker Bring To The Molineaux Stadium?

The Carmarthen born talent can play a wide range of passes at the centre of the park and can link up play well with his teammates in the opposition half. He is also a significant goal-threat from midfield as evident from his numbers in this campaign.  However, the Welsh talent has struggled in the Premier League in recent years and so he could be a risky signing for Wolves if they end up landing him this summer.

Allen rose to prominence at Swansea City back in 2011 when he had a brilliant debut season in the English top-flight. However, things have not worked out for him after he decided to move to Liverpool in the summer of 2012. Thus, a potential move to the West Midlands in this offseason could be an ideal chance for him to reignite his career in the top tier of England.

Should Wolves Make A Move For Allen?

Nuno Espirito Santo should only recruit the Welsh midfielder if he intends to use him as a squad player. Otherwise, the West Midlands outfit would be better of focussing on strengthening some of the other areas of their squad as the midfield has been Wolves’ greatest strength this season. 

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