JOE ALLEN SIGNS FOR STOKE
Welsh midfielder Joe Allen’s contract at Liverpool ended today as the club officially confirmed that he had completed his permanent switch to Stoke City FC. After passing his medical with the club today, Stoke officially welcomed him as their player. Sources indicate that Liverpool agreed to a deal around the region of £13 million from the Potters for the transfer.
With only 1 year left on his contract and with the prospect of more competition for first team football at Liverpool, considering the latest signings by Jurgen Klopp, it’s believed that Allen saw exiting the club as the right decision. The midfielder, who had a big role in helping his country reach the semi-finals of the recently concluded UEFA Euro 2016, was also included in the team of the tournament.
Allen joined Liverpool in the 2012-13 season, while Liverpool was being managed by Brendan Rodgers, who had also managed the Welsh during his tenure at Swansea. While never quite a regular starter, possibly due to some disappointing performances in his first season, the Welsh was gradually accepted by Liverpool fans. Allen was most appreciated by Liverpool fans during last season, with his brilliant performances helping the team reach two finals.
In his 4 seasons with the club, the Welsh scored a total of 7 goals in 129 appearances.