By Alex Stevens
Joe Allen has been in fantastic form for new club Stoke recently, and he has credited team-mates Aaron Ramsey and Philippe Coutinho.
The Wales international has now provided three goals and bagged four himself in 12 appearances for his new club in all competitions and has become an instant fan-favourite.
Talking in the Mail, Allen has said that playing with some of Europe’s best players for club and country has been invaluable to him and he has gleaned lots of tips along the way.
“Of course. It’s natural for any player to do that,” Allen said. “With Wales you’ve got the likes of Gaz [Bale] and Aaron [Ramsey] and there is so much you can learn from them.
“But also the players I was fortunate enough to play with at Liverpool, like Coutinho and Adam Lallana. They have played in a similar sort of role to the one I’m playing now — you try to pick up a thing or two from them.”
Allen is set to continue in the advanced role at Stoke, after playing as a holding midfielder for Liverpool and admits that he’s enjoying his new edge.
“It has taken me by surprise just like everyone else,” Aleen said. “It’s a position I’ve played once or twice here and there but I have never had a run of games in that position.
“I played the majority of my football as a holding midfielder in the last few years so unless people have worked with me day in, day out, they’re not going to see that (attacking) side of my game.”
Allen was unable to show the same attacking talent at Liverpool after playing in a more reserved role for the club.
The midfielder scored just seven goals in 132 appearances for the Merseyside club. However, the Reds have been in impressive attacking form themselves and have scored 24 goals in just 10 league games this campaign.
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