Mark Hughes delighted with Joe Allen’s progress


Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he is delighted with what Joe Allen has brought to the club.

Allen was signed in July, and has already become a fan favourite due to his scoring record, combined with his overall contribution to the side.

There had been rumours that other clubs are interested in signing Allen in January, but Hughes was happy that Chairman Peter Coates dismissed those claims.

“Joe [Allen] has only just come to the club, he has a long contract. It has worked out well for all parties.

“He needed to move to get this change to show what he can do,” Hughes commented Friday morning.

“That was the motivation for him.

“He needed to find the right club and he has found that here. He enjoys how we train and how we play, so we are delighted with what he is producing for us.”


Hughes compared Allen’s situation to that of Saturday’s opponent Jack Wilshere, who moved to Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal this summer.

The manager said: “It was a similar situation to Joe to be honest. He [Wilshere] is a top quality young player and needed a run of games to get back to his best.

“Going to Bournemouth maybe surprised people, but I don’t think that should have.” Hughes explained.

“It’s very easy to stay at a big club and take the money, but credit to Jack and Joe Allen too, because they have made moves, and put their reputations on the line, by playing week in, week out.”

Stoke face Bournemouth this Saturday, 3pm kick-off at the Bet365 Stadium.


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